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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Image and footage credits:
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Amblin Entertainment
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Dreamworks Pictures
United International Pictures
UA Distribution Co.
Touchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners IV
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Holocaust Center for Humanity
Arnold Spielberg
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United Artists
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Sony Pictures
New Line Cinema
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Executive Producer:
— Barry Skolnick
Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
Translation credits:
Portuguese: Saymon Pires, www.livrariasafra.com.br, @safralivraria

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