Hollywood is dominated by Jewish actors

Film Business: Is There A Jewish Influence In Hollywood?

That also had to be said once: "1. Yes, there are a lot of Jews in the film business. 2. No, we did not kill Jesus." In 2007 the filmmaker David Mamet once again attempted to irony the most stubborn conspiracy theorists with his essay "Jews in the Show Business".

A line under a debate? Not at all. But at least she had quite a beard by then. The question of who is in charge of the film industry is as old as centenary Hollywood. The influence of cinema on life is too powerful to not have feared those who make it.

Anti-Jewish stereotypes

The Jewish Museum in Vienna shows how Hollywood became what it was in its prime in a large and magnificent exhibition. "Bigger than Life. 100 Years of Hollywood. A Jewish Experience" is the name of the show, in which countless film clips and astonishing material from a hundred years of cinema are shown. A can of the famous white Theatrical Face Powder of Max Factor, born as Maximilian Faktorowicz, is on display, a shell mutoscope from the turn of the century that served as a film viewer, and the baseball bat of the "Bear Jew" from "Inglourious Basterds". Harpo Marx's false teeth and his blond wig lay the trail to Jewish humor, which in the long run triumphed over its opponents.

With the success of Hollywood, the propaganda of its opponents began to run. And she preferred to use anti-Jewish stereotypes. The Jews in the American film industry were insulted either as capitalists or communists, as traitors to the fatherland or enemies of Christians, but above all as oversexualized youth spoilers who wanted to attack the morality of the Protestant and Catholic population.

The escape from the shtetl

Nothing is less correct than this prejudice. Because Hollywood's early cinema was a deep bow to American values ​​of family and freedom. The fact that MGM boss Louis B. Mayer set his birthday on the day of the declaration of independence is more than just private mythology. It's a commitment.

Hollywood cinema was a dream factory because it was supposed to be an alternative to those dreary conditions from which the co-founders of the myth came. From the shtetl, the political persecution and the poverty of Eastern Europe, many of the pioneers not only fled to the promised America, but also to the glamorous and fantastically clean worlds of film.