The Wandering Jew (1933 film)
|The Eternal Jew|
|Directed by||Maurice Elvey|
|Produced by||Julius Hagen|
|Written by||H. Fowler Mear|
|Music by||Hugo Riesenfeld|
|Edited by||Jack Harris|
Julius Hagen Productions
|Distributed by||Gaumont British Distributors (1933) (UK)|
The Wandering Jew is a 1933 British fantasy drama film produced by the Gaumont-Twickenham Film Studios. It is the story of a Jew (played by Conrad Veidt) who is forced to wander the Earth for centuries because he rebuffed Jesus while he was carrying his cross.
The plot follows the titular character's epic journey. He is finally burnt at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. As he burns, he is forgiven by God and finally allowed to die. The story bears a resemblance to the legend of the Flying Dutchman.
Portrayal of Jews
Unlike the antisemitic propaganda film produced by the Nazis in 1940, this film portrayed Jews in a favorable light as the victims of unjustified persecution throughout history, in the Spanish Inquisition, for example. The Nazi propaganda film, by contrast, was intended as violently anti-Semitic.
- Friedlander, Saul (2008). 'The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945.
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