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David Desser <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 17:20:24 -0600
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It was quite distressing to read the post by Anton Karl Kozlovic.  The
whole issue of "the Jews" as a race should be well laid to rest by now.  It
should also be needless to point out that there are "Swedish Jews" and
"American Jews" and "British Jews," "Italian Jews" etc., etc., etc. Thus it
is absurd (or worse) to oject to the "Swedish,Germanic-looking Max von
Sydow as Jesus in George Steven's _The Greatest Story Ever Told_ (1965),
versus the American Jeffery Hunter as Jesus in Nicholas Ray's _King of
Kings_ (1961), versus the Italian Enrique Irazogui as Jesus in Pier Paolo
Pasolini's _The Gospel According to (St.) Matthew_ (1964)." One would
venture to say that at worst, Mr. Kozlovic has badly confused nationality
with race (though that is also a bit of a simplication)
  The notion that in MASADA there will be an ethnic division between
"American actors for Jews, British actors for Romans"! is also absurd,
though I guess that absurdity belongs to the producers.
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