Legendary movie director Steven Spielberg has never been shy about exploring Jewish themes in his movies, like “An American Tail”, “Schindler’s List”, “Munich”, and “The Fablemans”. However, it is little known that even his movies that are not explicitly about Jews, like “Jaws”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and “ET”, also touch on themes of Jewish identity.

00:00 Intro
00:54 Spielberg’s childhood Jewish identity
02:38 Jewish themes in “Jaws”
05:38 Jewish themes in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
06:41 Jewish themes in “E.T.”
07:35 Jewish assimilation “An American Tail”
08:51 Rejecting Judaism in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
09:15: Turning point in Spielberg Jewish journey
09:37 Spielberg’s connection to the Holocaust in “Schindler’s List”
11:33 Spielberg’s relationship with Israel in “Munich”
12:36 Spielberg’s personal Jewish identity “The Fablemans”
13:21 Continual exploration of identity is the secret sauce

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Executive Producer:
— Barry Skolnick
Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
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Translation credits:
Portuguese: Saymon Pires, www.livrariasafra.com.br, @safralivraria

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