List of Israeli films before 1960

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Films produced in Israel and the British Mandate for Palestine before 1960:


Prior to the establishment of the state[edit]

Film Industry in Palestine during the British Mandate of Palestine and afterwards during the first years of the state, didn't actually exist. Movies were filmed in Palestine since the time of the beginning of the silent film era during the 19th century, but an actual movie industry was not really conceived, both in the period of the Yishuv, and also during the first years of the state. The films which were produced were rare, and usually didn't match the quality of the films which were imported from abroad. Initially the industry, focused particularly on producing propaganda films and news broadcasts which were shown in the Israeli cinemas during that time before the movies were shown.

The 1950s[edit]

During the 1950s some development was made. Israeli cinema studios were established such as "Geva movies" (סרטי גבע) and the "Israel's filming studios" (אולפני ההסרטה בישראל) in Herzliya, and several films which contained plot were created. In 1954 the law to encourage the production of Israeli film (החוק לעידוד הסרט הישראלי) was passed, and in 1955 the most important Israeli film which was filmed until then was produced - "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer" (גבעה 24 אינה עונה). In the late 1950s the Israeli film industry was still in its early stages and hadn't managed to create for itself unique characteristics, its own language, or even a real industry. The films were mostly patriotic in nature. The films were not simply "action" or "crime" films, they could belong to these genres but tended to include a very Israeli perspective and touch due to very recent events in the nation's tenuous formation.[citation needed]

Israeli films prior to 1960[edit]

After the establishment of the State of Israel[edit]


Main article: 1948 in Israeli film


Main article: 1949 in Israeli film


Main article: 1950 in Israeli film


Main article: 1951 in Israeli film


Main article: 1955 in Israeli film


Main article: 1956 in Israeli film


Main article: 1959 in Israeli film

Pre-State of Israel[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Yehuda Hameshukhreret Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Eretz Yisrael Hameshukhreret Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Shivat Zion Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Eretz Yisrael Hamithadeshet Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Banim Bonim Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Ha-Tehiya Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Aviv B'Eretz Yisrael Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Oded Hanoded Haim Halachmi See external link
Va'Yehi Be'May Haim Halachmi See external link
Yoman Eretz Yisrael Ya'ackov Ben-Dov
Hebrew Melody Helmar Lerski
Zot Hi Ha'aretz
Adamah Helmar Lerski
Al Tafhidunu
Battle for Survival

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