Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Exodus"
Posted on 09/09/2012 1:28:45 PM PDT by ReformationFan
Ernest Gold's score is haunting and 15 year-old Jill Haworth is very appealing in her film debut as Karen, "child of light". It was also shot entirely on location in Israel and Cyprus when the events it depicts were a relatively recent memory.
The youtube playlist of the entire film is this:
Or you can watch it part by part as follows:
more to come...
Exodus is one of my favorite movies. Paul Newman died recently, and I just bought the DVD Exodus to watch it again, and read the book. It is a great movie
“Cast a Giant Shadow” (1966) was another movie from the era when Hollywood supported Israel.
Are there anti-Israel films being made now?
I have no idea (and no interest). I seldom visit the movies.
So how do you know it wouldn’t be made today? There are reasons but I doubt a position on Israel is among them.
Yep. And with an all star cast(John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Angie Dickinson) too.
Jill Haworth went on to originate the part of Sally Bowles in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Liza Minnelli did the film version.
Ironically, the screenplay for Exodus was written by the unrepentant Communist and member of the "Hollywood Ten," Dalton Trumbo (it was his second film after his "rehabilitation;" Spartacus was the first). It was picketed by the notorious American Nazi George Lincoln Rockwell (yimach shemo vezikhro!), which is referred to in Bob Dylan's Talkin' John Birch Society Paranoid Blues. In other words, when the film came out it was considered a liberal, if not leftist, film.
Even though the Communist world had already long since ended its very brief flirtation with Zionism (so much so that notorious neo-Nazi intellectual Francis Parker Yockey [yimach shemo vezikhro!] advocated a neo-Nazi alliance with the Communist world), I cannot help but suspect that the continued support of Israel by the American Left was conducted on orders from Moscow. The American Communists were never anything but robots carrying out orders from Moscow, after all. But why would Moscow expend all its international resources attacking Zionism and Israel while ordering the US party to continue being pro-Israel? About the only thing I can come up with was that by doing this they would hoodwink the Jewish Left into thinking it was still their friend while their opposition everywhere else would eventually destroy Israel (G-d forbid!). At any rate, the American Left's support for Israel lasted a very long time (Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda entertained Israeli troops in Lebanon in 1982).
Oddly, I myself was totally unaware of any Leftist support (or even phony support) for Israel and Zionism at any time. I was a typical Bible Belt Fundamentalist (and had no idea that there was such a thing as a conservative who opposed Israel) and all the Communist propaganda broadcasts I listened to on my short wave radio were 100% anti-Israel, making no distinction between it and South Africa or Rhodesia. While my eyes have long since been opened, I don't think I'll ever make peace with the situation because it never made any sense!
At any rate, I can't help but wonder what today's liberals feel when they watch the movie--especially the Nazi leading the Arab troops toward the end.
Talk about a contrast in characters. Her Karen is so charming, innocent and hopeful.
The only other part I remember her playing was in another Otto Preminger film, “In Harm’s Way”, where she plays a WWII navy nurse who if I recall correctly commits suicide after being assaulted by Kirk Douglas’ character. She was also in Preminger’s “The Cardinal” but it’s been so long since I’ve since that I don’t remember her from it.
She died last year.
Very interesting and informative post.
“Oddly, I myself was totally unaware of any Leftist support (or even phony support) for Israel and Zionism at any time. I was a typical Bible Belt Fundamentalist (and had no idea that there was such a thing as a conservative who opposed Israel)”
That was my experience as well. Just about everyone I knew who took a position on the Middle East supported Israel. We were always taught to love and support it(which I still do).
“and all the Communist propaganda broadcasts I listened to on my short wave radio were 100% anti-Israel, making no distinction between it and South Africa or Rhodesia.”
Probably because America was pro-Israel.
“While my eyes have long since been opened, I don’t think I’ll ever make peace with the situation because it never made any sense! “
It's not really that ironic.
The early zionists (Herzl for example) were socialists. The kibbutz movement was a socialist movement. Conservative Jews like Adolph Ochs were strongly against Zionism.
The socialist mindset behind the movment is why Trumbo was championing it (and why Paul Newman took on the project I might add). Also, it was why a Democratic President (Truman) and not a Republican who moved to make Israel a nation.
However, as we know positions and beliefs are relative on the left. Once Israel started getting rich they turned against her and now it is the conservatives who have to defend a prosperous nation.
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