Posted by: Steve Coplan | September 13, 2006

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

Apparently this film is a classic in the annals of French comedy. (I will refrain from the customary disparaging remark regarding the Gallic affection for Jerry Lewis — but the similarities are clear). The New York Times review for the movie when it was released in 1974 borders on dismissive, but if the Wikipedia entry is any indication, the film was intended less as a Jewsploitation than a social commentary. Keen observers will note that the film’s director Gerard Oury was born Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum.


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