In his research, Amir Vudka explores the subversive qualities of hybrid Jewish figures in cinema. He discusses a number of films from various places and periods that include Jewish chameleon characters, who have hybrid identities or undergo identity transformations. He draws on both French, feminist and postcolonial theories and on traditional Jewish texts, which point to a reevaluation of the ‘chameleon Jew’ in positive terms. One of the examples of the chameleon Jew he discusses is Woody Allen’s Zelig, but he also focuses on ‘muscle Jews’ and black-Jewish hybrid characters such as Ali G.
A. Vudka: The Human Chameleon. Hybrid Jews in Cinema.
Prof. P.P.R.W. Pisters
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