Racism in German and American Cinema of the Twenties: From “The Ancient Law” to “The Jazz Singer” with Charles Musser

Oct 24, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Yale University professor and filmmaker Charles Musser considers the historical and contemporary perspectives of race relations in German and American cinema from the 1920s by examining The Ancient Law (1923) and The Jazz Singer (1927). He evaluates how each film addresses antisemitism as well as the burning question of the history of blackface as a theatrical convention. Musser is the author of numerous essays and books including, the award-winning title, The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907.

A panel discussion follows, moderated by Frank Mecklenburg (Leo Baeck Institute New York) with Deborah Hertz (UC San Diego), Paul Lerner (University of Southern California), and Cynthia Walk (UC San Diego).

Sponsored by: Leo Baeck Institute New York | Berlin and the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts

With support from the African American Studies Minor program at UC San Diego

This event is part of the Year of German-American Friendship — Wunderbar Together — supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI).


Contact: Ellysa Lim, (858) 534-1183, e7lim@ucsd.edu