The Wandering Jew (1933 film)

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The Wandering Jew
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Directed by Maurice Elvey
Written by H. Fowler Mear
from the play by Temple Thurston [1]
Produced by Julius Hagen
Starring Conrad Veidt
Marie Ney
Anne Grey
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
Edited by Jack Harris
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Distributed by Gaumont British Distributors
Release date
15 November 1933
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Wandering Jew is a 1933 British fantasy drama film produced for the Gaumont-Twickenham Film Studios and directed by Maurice Elvey. It recounts the tale of a Jew (played by Conrad Veidt) who is forced to wander the Earth for centuries because he rebuffed Jesus while he was carrying his cross. The other cast members included Peggy Ashcroft, Francis L. Sullivan, and Felix Aylmer. This film is a remark of the 1923 silent film of the same name, based on a play of the same name by E. Temple Thurston.



The plot follows the eponymous character's epic journey. He is finally burnt at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. As he burns, he is forgiven by God and finally allowed to die. The story is a retelling of the myth of the Wandering Jew, dating back to the 13th century. The story bears a resemblance to the legend of the Flying Dutchman.


Portrayal of Jews

Unlike the Nazis' 1940 antisemitic propaganda film, this film portrayed Jews as the victims of unjustified persecution throughout history, such as during the Spanish Inquisition. The version made under the Third Reich, by contrast, was intended to be virulently antisemitic. [2]

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