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Sean Alexander is a PhD Candidate at Bangor University, exploring Jewishness and Judaism in the films of David Cronenberg.
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The Jewishness of ‘Scanners’

Sean Alexander unpicks the Jewish undercurrents to the film Scanners which was released forty years ago on this day. Probably best known to David Cronenberg fans as ‘the one with the exploding head’, Scanners (1981) has proven to be one of the Canadian’s most remembered and entertaining of early studio features.  Following the parasitical excesses […]

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Roald Dahl’s Antisemitic Legacy

Sean Alexander takes a deeper look at Roald Dahl’s antisemitism. There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of generosity towards non-Jews.  I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.  I […]

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen poses, 09 October 2006 in Paris, a few days before the launch of his new movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," about a blundering Kazakh reporter exploring America, out on the 15th of November. Cohen first found fame in Britain and the United States in the character of Ali G, a track-suited, jewelry-draped buffoon who subjected politicians and other public figures to deliberately comedic interviews. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY

Borat Sequel is a Modern Jewish Fairy-tale

Sean Alexander offers another view on the Borat sequel. Fourteen years have lapsed since Kazakhstani reporter Borat Sagdiyev first came to global attention in the hands of Sacha Baron Cohen’s fearless, audacious and at times cringe-inducing reporter.  The world at large – and specifically for Borat – have not been kind since 2006: while right-wing politics […]

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David Cronenberg: Jewish King of the Venereal

While one famous Canadian Jew has been in the news recently, another has been overlooked: David Cronenberg. His first feature, Shivers, opened 45 years ago this October, soon making him the nascent new horror’s ‘Baron of Blood’ and ‘King of the Venereal’. It also established many of the Jewish themes and characteristics that would become staple elements of all his […]

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Ben Cross: Non-Jewish Actor Who Excelled at Playing Jewish Roles

Sean Alexander reflects on the Jewish roles of Ben Cross who passed away on August 18th. Inevitably, the obituaries for actor, Ben Cross, who died yesterday aged 72 following a short illness, started with his starring (and arguably name-making) role in 1981’s Chariots of Fire, in which Cross played the real-life Jewish athlete Harold Abrahams. He and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) portrayed Jewish and Christian runners both competing for […]

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Joker: A Jewish Stain

As Joker streams in the UK, Sean Alexander considers his Jewish origins. DC Comics, like its rival Marvel, has long been acknowledged for its rich Jewish heritage in terms of the creation of its most iconic characters. While Batman himself was the co-creation of Jews Bob Kane and Bill Finger, it was another Jew – Jerry Robinson […]

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