UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program to present screening of "The Fixer"

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 13:48

What: A screening at the University of North Texas of "The Fixer," John Frankenheimer's 1968 film based on a true story of a Russian Jew in tsarist Russia who was wrongly imprisoned for an alleged ritual murder. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring faculty members from UNT and the University of Oklahoma.

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 30 (Wednesday)

Where: Room 255 of UNT's Eagle Student Services Center, 1147 Union Circle in Denton

Cost: Free

Contact: UNT's Jewish and Israel Studies Program at 940-565-8926 or

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Bernard Malamud, one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century, received both a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his 1966 novel, "The Fixer." The book was based on the imprisonment and trial of Mendel Beilis, a Jew who was wrongfully accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in tsarist Russia in 1911. Beilis' case drew attention in the United States and Western Europe to Russia's pervasive antisemitism.

The University of North Texas' Jewish and Israel Studies Program will screen the rarely-seen 1968 movie version of "The Fixer" Sept. 30 (Wednesday). The free screening begins at 6 p.m. in Room 255 of UNT's Eagle Student Services Building, located at 1147 Union Circle in Denton. The screening will be the first of several programs during the 2015-16 academic year with the theme "The Oldest and Newest Hatred: Antisemitism-Anti-Israelism." The events will include guest speakers, other film screenings and five performances of Bertolt Brecht's one-act play, "The Jewish Wife."

Directed by John Frankenheimer, "The Fixer" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Alan Bates, who played the film's version of Beilis.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Panelists will be Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma and editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American Jewish History; Eunice Pollack, Norwood's co-editor on the encyclopedia and a lecturer in the UNT Department of History; and Cindy K. Renker, a lecturer in the UNT Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and a specialist on Holocaust literature.

For more information, contact the Jewish and Israel Studies Program at 940-369-8926 or jewish-studies@unt.edu.

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