120 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: A&E, Channel 4 and ZDF/Arte • Production year: 1995
Based on Neal Gabler’s best selling book “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood,” Hollywoodism is a feature length documentary on the men who founded Hollywood and the image of America that Hollywood produced. Hollywoodism is a film that literally deconstructs the American Dream. According to the film, this dream was born not in the USA, but in the Jewish shtetels in Hungary, Poland and Russia.
Hollywoodism takes us through the establishment of Hollywood, the triumphs of the Golden Age of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Second World War, and the attack on Hollywood as un-American during the HUAC hearings. Our story ends with a look at the legacy that the Moguls left behind, a legacy that has not only seduced the American public, but has by now virtually conquered the world.
Hollywoodism presents the history of Hollywood as it has never been seen before: Hollywood as the most successful ideology of the 20th century.
Written and Directed by: Simcha Jacobovici
Producers: Elliott Halpern and Simcha Jacobovici
Executive Producers: Michael Levine and Monty Montgomery
- Gold WorldMedal, New York Festivals
- Best Documentary, 1998 Jerusalem Film Festival
- Best History Documentary & Best Writing, Hot Docs