Book presentation: Klaus Davidowicz, Der Film als Midrasch: Der Golem, Dybbuks und andere kabbalistische Elemente im populären Kino
How were the elements of Kabbalistic literature portrayed on screen? How were mystical Jewish themes and subjects turned into feature films, from silent movies to the present day? In this study, Klaus Davidowicz shows that cinema offers just as much of an insight into Judaism as a medieval Midrash. The study focuses on American cinema, from Paul Wegener’s Golem films to David Aronofsky’s Noah (2014). Jewish mysticism is by no means an incidental component of the films presented. The intertextual approach to Kabalistic texts offers a modern commentary on Jewish culture that has had a decisive influence on the image of the Jewish religion in popular culture.
Prof. Klaus Davidowicz is study program director in the Department of Jewish Studies in Vienna and co-founder of the Vienna Jewish Film Club.
Free admission from 6.15 pm