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May 17, 2004
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An Iranian Series about Jews and Hollywood Cinema - Woody Allen

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Source: IRIB/ Jaam-E-Jam2 TV (Iran)
May 17, 2004 Jaam-E-Jam 2 (Iran)

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting's channel directed at the US, Jaam-E-Jam 2, and the Iranian channel directed at the Arab world, Al-Alam, have recently broadcast an Iranian series dealing with the Jews and the film industry. On Al-Alam TV, the series was dubbed in Arabic. Following is a verbatim translation of the chapter about Woody Allen's movies, as it was aired by Jaam-E-Jam 2 on May 17, 2004.

In this film (What's New Pussycat) Woody (Allen) played a supporting role of a man who suffered from short stature and a lack of popularity among women. An example of the Wandering Jew type, which has not been graced with any physical or spiritual ability and should be pitied. His Jewish satire has always been full of self-degradation and many have confused this with his self-hate. This was deceptive modesty; Allen was lashing out at others but also at himself. This caused his satire to be understood in a lighter fashion and to establish the Jewish characters in cinema.

In 1972 Woody Allen created the film, Everything You Always Wanted To Know (About Sex) but Were Afraid to Ask. Ever since and according to a premeditated plan, he took the Jewish women out of the circle of forbidden relationships and placed non-Jewish women instead of them.

Many filmmakers imitated him and brought the attraction of Jewish men to non-Jewish women to the screens. The Jewish woman was depicted as flawless, self-confident, independent, and conscientious so she would be a good Jewish example for the women of the Feminist movement. In the film, The Way We Were, with Barbra Streisand, this example became an integral part of Hollywood Cinema of the 80's and 90's…

In 1986, in the film Radio Days Allen himself showed more affection and patience towards the Jewish family. Family rudeness was set in non-Jewish families, and the cinematic Jewish family became the epitome of unity, because it clings to roots, traditions, and religion. Gradually, the illusion that the Jewish culture is stronger than other cultures was created.

Woody Allen is a perfect example and a living testimony of the Jewish and Zionist system of "genius builders" and "hero cultivation" and of the fact that from a mediocre and physically unattractive man a cinematic idol can be created.

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