Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ost Meets West: Immigrant Film Moguls, Émigré Directors, and the Rise of Film Noir JGSCV Meeting October 4

Come celebrate with JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (California-USA) as we celebrate our 5th anniversary on October 4!

There will be light refreshments served. We are also starting our 2011 membership drive at this meeting. For those who renew or join, the membership will be good through December 2011! As in past years, those who join or renew "at" or "before" the December 6 meeting and attend our December 6 meeting are eligible to have their name drawn for great genealogical gifts. Membership forms are on our website: www.JGSCV.org under membership. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Anyone may join JGSCV.

Date: October 4, 2010 Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m. Please note the different day of week and time of day for this meeting.

Program: Ost Meets West: Immigrant Film Moguls, Émigré Directors, and the Rise of Film Noir

A group of Eastern European Jews, who headed most major American film studios, founded the Hollywood film industry. Another influx of German/Austrian Jewish film directors were driven to the US by the Nazis in the 1930s. A number of them, such as Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, and Edward G. Ulmer would play a determining role in the rise of what was later called "film noir". * The speaker will examine the ethnic origins of the two groups and how their different backgrounds enabled their considerable contributions to the cinema, and in particular "film noir".

Speaker: Vincent Brook has a Ph.D. in film and television from UCLA and teaches media studies at UCLA, USC, Cal-State LA, and Pierce College. He is the author of Something Ain't Kosher Here: The Rise of the "Jewish" Sitcom and dozens of journal articles, essays, and reviews. Brook's book, "Driven to Darkness: Jewish Émigré Directors and the Rise of Film Noir will be available for purchase for $20. Please bring cash or check to purchase the book.

* Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in
German Expressionist cinematography.

We will also have our new features of the schmoozing corner with a senior member of JGSCV facilitating available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions attendees may have about their genealogy and JGSCV member, Diane Wainwood, will be reporting on "The Thirteenth Tribe " about the ancient Khazar Empire by Arthur Koestler. (this book report is held over from the last meeting when Diane was unable to attend).

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. There is no charge to attend the meeting.

Our rotating traveling library will have Categories A and B. To see which books are listed under which category, please go to our website, www.JGSCV.org and look under traveling library. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program.

The meeting is open to all and there is no charge. The meeting is co-sponsored with and held at Temple Adat Elohim, Thousand Oaks, CA For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website for directions and more information: www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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