This TV documentary offers a new perspective on Mordecai Richler, fixing him – as man and author – in the context of a particular North American Jewish identity, one that emerged from the immigrant ghettos of Montreal, New York and Chicago in the 1930s and 40s. It finally burst onto the literary and cultural scene in the 1950s and 60s.
These were the self-declared “wild Jews,” raised on comic-book superheroes and Holocaust narratives, Talmud teachings and golem tales, along with the galvanizing short stories of Isaac Babel about the vanished Odessa Jewish underworld.
“When a Jew rides a horse,” Babel wrote of his characters, “he stops being a Jew.”
The Last of the Wild Jews will inspire and amuse with new insights into one of Canada’s most celebrated writers.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Motsjo Inc.
Cast/Participants: Guy Sprung, Mordecai Richler
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