Cinema: Special Pleading

Four current movies plead the cause of the Jews in Palestine. Historical context and merits of their own give three of them a moving, urgent forcefulness; but all four are too heavily packed with propaganda for general effectiveness.

The most ambitious, My Father's House (Kline & Levin), is the first full-length work of movie fiction to be made in Palestine. Story and script are by Meyer Levin; direction is by Herbert Kline (The Forgotten Village); most of the actors are amateurs. The film is the story of a European boy who gradually comes...

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