Robert Sherman, half of the brotherly duo that wrote songs for Disney movies like “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Sword in the Stone” among many others, died Tuesday at age 86. Sherman’s father was a Russian Jew who came to the United States with his family to escape the pogroms; below are three of our favorite “Jewish” Sherman songs.
The feminist movement has, of course, long been populated by Jewish women. While the Banks family gives no indication of being Jewish, the matriarch’s politics certainly fit right in.
You know, Jews, comedy, the whole “have to laugh at millennia of oppression and persecution because otherwise it’s just too sad” thing.
The age-old assimilation question, this time with monkeys.
Oscar nominations were announced yesterday, and Jews and Jewish-themed movies, as you might expect, were among the honorees. Woody Allen (yes, he’s Jewish!) racked up four nominations for “Midnight in Paris” (though nothing for Adrien Brody, whose version of Salvador Dali is the only way we want to imagine the artist); “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, is up for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor; Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” got a nod for Best Picture, among other nominations (We sneaked into this movie for five minutes before “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and, you know, it’s “War Horse.”); Jonah Hill is up for Best Supporting Actor (making up for the “Superbad” snub, natch); and in the Foreign Language category, office favorite “Footnote” from Israel (a Talmudic thriller? Yes, please!) faces off against “In Darkness,” a Holocaust story from Poland. In our January/February issue, Moment takes a look back at some notable Jewish Oscar winners from the past. Mazel tov to all the nominees!
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By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler
Can’t decide which of the Holocaust/WWII movies coming out this holiday season you want to see? New York has this useful chart: