January 29, 2019 - 7:00 pm
January 29, 2019 - 9:00 pm
AddressJames Bridges Theater, UCLA View map
“The Human Chameleon” is a series comprised of a main lecture and two films with introductions, dedicated to the subject of hybrid Jews in cinema.
This is the first of two film screenings, and will feature a Q&A session with Professor Amir Vudka (University of Amsterdam) after the film.
About the film:
In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator,Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.
About the Speaker: Dr. Amir Vudka is a lecturer and researcher at the department of media studies, University of Amsterdam. He is a film programmer at theater De Nieuwe Regentes (The Hague), the artistic director of Sounds of Silence festival for silent films and contemporary music, and the director of Palestinorama festival for Palestinian cinema and culture. He was a film curator at Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum, and was the head of Jewish education at Beit ha Chidush synagogue (Amsterdam). His PhD titled “The Human Chameleon” was about hybrid Jews in Cinema. He currently writes about the reincarnations of the golem – from the Jewish tradition to contemporary sci-fi.
Natalie Limonick Program in Jewish Civilization
Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
UCLA Department Comparative Literature
UCLA Melnitz Movies
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