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A Serious Man

By Matthew Yglesias on October 12, 2009 at 10:01 am

"A Serious Man"

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Went to see A Serious Man yesterday. It’s pretty good. It was also a rare example of a movie that I went into more or less “cold.” I knew it was a Coen Brothers movie, and I wanted to go to the movies. So there I went with no signal as to the topic. And, well, it turned out to be remarkably Jewish. There are, of course, lots of Jewish people working in the movie business. But despite (or perhaps because) of their prevalence, there seems to be a huge reluctance to depict Jews. Even when Jews do show up (normally in conjunction with Nazis) they don’t really do any Jewish stuff—chant funny prayers or whatnot.

This movie is really way out on the other end of the spectrum. I think the goyim in the audience will be lost at points.

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