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Protocols of Zion (2004)

Cast: Marc Levin, Marc Levin, Al Levin, more...
Director: Marc Levin, Marc Levin
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Studio: Velocity / THINKFilm
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues, Religion
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
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Near the dawn of the 20th century, underlings of Czar Nicholas II created a book called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to be the outline of a master plan created by powerful Jews determined to rule the world. First published in 1903, the essay was a hoax (and was revealed as such for the first time in 1921 by the London Times), but that hasn't prevented it from having a long and troubling life as a widely distributed cornerstone of anti-Semitic hate literature; it's still in print around the world, and was adapted for Egyptian television in the new millennium. When filmmaker Marc Levin was confronted with another widely disseminated bit of anti-Jewish propaganda (the false assertion that no Jews died in the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001), he developed a new curiosity about the Protocols and other "factual" sources of anti-Semitic hatred, and set out to find out more about anti-Jewish propaganda. The result was Protocols of Zion, a documentary which offers a surprising (and surprisingly witty) look at figures from the hate movement in America in elsewhere, ranging from leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance (who also sells Aryan Wear footwear) to an anti-Semitic media analyst who announces that Rupert Murdoch is actually a Jew. The film also examines Henry Ford's well-documented hatred of Jews, anti-Semitism among radical African-Americans, and the memories of Levin's father, a self-described "All-American Jew." ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Testimony by talltale July 12, 2006 - 9:52 PM PDT
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
One of the great humanist documentaries, Marc Levin's PROTOCOLS OF ZION explores anti-Semitism today in a manner that is fresh, exhilarating, challenging, moving, funny and tragic. (The best thing about this film is that you could substitute anti-Arab, anti-gay, anti-any minority as its subject matter, and it would be equally effective.) It is certainly the best--the absolute best--thing I have seen about 9/11, and it's up there with the best about the Holocaust, the Israeli/Palestine conflict, Muslims, family, Mel Gibson's The Passion of You-Know-Who and lots more.

Levin leaps around like a Mexican jumping bean on a game board yet manages to keep hitting his nails on their head. He listens to people, rarely intervening, and eventually, what everyone says and believes and explains comes together into a crazy quilt of hatred and love and ideas both nonsensical and understandable. One minute you will find yourself despising all these stupid, crazy, hopeless people. But eventually and probably you will recognize them--and yourself--as part of that inexpressively sad species so loved, every last one, by all the great humanists (Jesus, for instance). Loved too, I believe, by Mr. Levin. (This review, by the way, is coming from a dyed-in-the-wool atheist.) See this wonderful film ASAP and then watch Levin's thoughtful and intelligent Q&A on the Special Features section of the DVD.

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