Published on 9 feb. 2019
An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood is a 1988 non-fiction book whose topic is the careers of several prominent Jewish film producers in the early years of Hollywood. Author Neal Gabler focuses on the psychological motivations of these film moguls, arguing that their background as Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe shaped their careers and influenced the movies they made.
The book was adapted into a documentary film in 1998, a decade after the book was published. The movie has two titles: Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (original title for A&E) and Hollywood: An Empire of Their Own (title for video/DVD). The documentary won an award for Best Jewish Experience Documentary at the 1998 Jerusalem Film Festival.
Hollywoodism presents the history of Hollywood as it has never been seen before: Hollywood as the most successful ideology of the 20th century, created by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.
This documentary takes us through the establishment of Hollywood, the triumphs of the Golden Age of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Second World War, and the attack on Hollywood as un-American during the HUAC hearings. Our story ends with a look at the legacy that the Moguls left behind, a legacy that has not only seduced the American public, but has by now virtually conquered the world.