The documentary “Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies, and the American Dream”, explains how a number of Jewish immigrants in the beginning of nineteen century built the most known six movies studios in Hollywood. In spite of the American’s open-door immigration policy for all immigrants, Jews, perhaps more than other minorities, encountered a new form a discrimination. The documakers say that they were viewed as outsiders and were blacklisted from working in certain fields such as finance, banking, and higher education. Hence, they formed their own communities and their own version of real America, practicing their own religion, opening their own businesses in the garment industry and movie production.
Because of the intense discrimination against Jews, especially those involved in the movie-theater industry in New York and Chicago, many of them moved to Hollywood, California building their own studios and work as a screenwriter, directors, and producers. Yet, after the World War II, some U.S politicians accused the Jews, particularly those in Hollywood industry for being pro-communism and communism affiliation. As a result, some of the founders of the Hollywood industry were prosecuted and imprisoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the 1950s as well as others were blacklisted for many years later.• What was most interesting? One interesting point viewing this documentary is that this documentary could provoke a hint of anti-semitism to whomever does any kind of critical analysis of any kind of Jewish activities in the world. The other interesting aspect is that often documentaries are made by free-thinking ordinary people, thus, I do not find illegitimate for one group to have an opinion about the traits of another group, if this documentary would have raised the issue of Anti-Semitism.
While the group traits are statistically accurate, however, usually do not apply to individuals and sometimes these views raise rather interesting and valid questions afterwards. Consequently, the interesting thing here besides studying who managed the Hollywood should be also studying their tactics how they did it in order to replicate them.• What was most surprising? It is somewhat surprising and hard to believe that in America where freedom and rights are at the heart of Americans, many Jews immigrants were still persecuted for their nationalities and other political views. It also, somewhat surprising that the entrepreneurs who founded the Hollywood were first-generation Eastern Europeans Jewish immigrants who were not fortunate because of their ethnicity or connected with upper class, or by being already producers or directors in the film industry.
Rather, they were high-risk takers who demonstrated how to manage retail and marketing industry and allowed them to believe that they could succeed in other kinds of industry. • What is your overall reaction to the history of Hollywood presented in this documentary? First, Jews, as new immigrants wanted to be fully integrated and assimilated and they did through their own movies by presenting to American people their own perception of American values and virtues. Second, while it appeared that Jews immigrants had a particular sense of what a movie-goer liked to watch, they created their own movie productions to please the American popular culture. Additionally, it seems that movies have a lot of influence on the socialization of immigrant Americans Overall, I believe that since Jews were discriminated and persecuted in their origin countries, they wanted to get assimilated and their approach to the new country by portraying American culture through their own view of the Jewish communities wanting to assimilate, acculturate, and accept the