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It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl (2012)

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It Is No Dream is a feature documentary that examines the life and times of Theodor Herzl, the journalist and playwright who was responsible for creating the political movement that led in 1948 to the creation of the Jewish state, Israel. It Is No Dream examines how Theodor Herzl, an assimilated Jew, born into a traditional but mostly non-religious family in Budapest in 1860, was changed by the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in Paris, which he covered as a journalist in 1895. Previously, he had advocated the mass conversion of Jews to Christianity as a solution to the growing anti-Semitism of Europe. However, after witnessing the court proceedings where Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason and the anti-Jewish demonstrations of the French public, Herzl became convinced that the only answer to the nti-Semitism that was spreading across Europe was the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, the Biblical homeland of the Jewish people. He wrote a political treatise entitled "Der Judenstaat" or "The Jewish State" that became an international bestseller, laying out his ideas for creating a new Jewish state.


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62% - Fresh
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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 10th, 2012 (Limited) by Moriah Films
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Voiceover/Narration, News, Writing and Writers, Bigotry, Jewish, Biography, Political
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Moriah Films, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
Production Countries: United States


Ben Kingsley    Narrated
   Theodor Herzl (Voice)

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Marvin Hier
Producer    Richard Trank
Based on original material    Richard Trank
Based on original material    Marvin Hier
Editor    Nimrod Erez
Director of Photography    Jeffrey Victor
Composer    Lee Holdridge
Co-Producer    Katrin Osmialowski
Sound Designer    Mark Friedman
Associate Producer    Jason Spira-Bauer
Associate Producer    Aviva C. Weinstein

Two Days of Limited Releases

August 10th, 2012

It is a pretty busy week for limited releases, but not a good week. There are several films earning good reviews, but only one of them is earning great reviews. That film is The Green Wave, but its box office chances are limited, because political documentaries rarely find large audiences, especially when the subject matter isn't connected to most audiences here. I'm most interested in Cosmopolis, but while it debuts in Vancouver tonight, Americans will have to wait a week to see it. On the other end of the scale, there are not as many films earning 80% positive films as there are films earning less than 20% positive reviews. On a side note, one of the best-reviewed release this week is Total Recall, which is coming out at the Film Forum tonight. More...

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