University at Albany

Judaic Studies

Jewish Renegades in the Arts

Scarface (1932)

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7pm

Presenter: Rob Edelman (Adjunct Lecturer, UAlbany Judaic Studies and Art Departments)

Film Screening/discussion: Scarface (Howard Hawks / Richard Roson, 1932)

Venue: Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany

Film historian Rob Edelman will introduce, and moderate a discussion following, a screening of this film classic, starring Jewish tough guy Paul Muni. During the 1930s and 40s, several Jewish actors earned stardom playing tough guys, challenging the stereotype of the unathletic, unassertive Jew. These actors include John Garfield (born Jacob Garfinkle), Edward G. Robinson (Emmanuel Goldenberg), and Paul Muni (Muni Weisenfreund). Muni created one of the seminal early 1930s celluloid mobsters in Scarface (1932)-not to mention a down-on-his-luck war veteran victimized by Southern justice in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932).

This program was made possible by:
Legacy Heritage Fund

Association for Jewish StudiesThe University at Albany Foundation