Jewish People And Culture In The Film Jakie

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Jewish people and culture are portrayed as violent, rigid, and uninviting to (American) change while American citizens and culture appear to be relaxed, easygoing, and gleeful in the film. These respective traits are exhibited in the opening scene of the film as Jakie is singing jazz and loosely dancing in a saloon until his father arrives. The film cuts to silence as his father interjects himself into Jakie’s performance. Then the camera focuses on the trek home from the saloon and we see that Jakie’s father keeps a firm and rigid hold onto his son before taking him home to whip him. His father’s fixed hold on his son is an allegory for uptight and rigid Jewish tradition. Additionally, the film associates either silence or solemn songs with
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