Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. Read More >
In this fascinating keynote speech, Leonard Maltin draws on his vast knowledge of movie history to share the story of how immigrant Jews became movie moguls who sold WASP America an idealized, non-ethnic image of itself.
In this talk from legendary movie critic Leonard Maltin, audiences will be taken on a journey tracing the image of the Jew in films, from early stereotypes to cultural breakthroughs, from closeted stardom (Issur Demsky became Kirk Douglas, Betty Perske became Lauren Bacall) to modern-day box-office names like Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.
"Leonard was wonderful, and so kind…we are very pleased. The audience really loved his talk. We’ve had several people tell us they’d like to do a longer talk with him and a Q&A. They thought he was fascinating."
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"Leonard was lovely and his speech was excellent. All in attendance enjoyed him greatly. He was very polite and hospitable about signing books and interacting with the audience after the talk too!"
"He did great and was a pleasure to have with us!"
"Leonard was wonderful. He did a great job!"
"Leonard Maltin was an amazing special guest and simply a pleasure to host."