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Weekend planner: Film

Not far removed from the Italian-mother stereotype, the stereotypical Jewish mother is manipulative, controlling, overbearing, overprotective, emotionally suffocating, guilt-inducing, a ceaseless nag and a great cook who constantly urges her hapless progeny to eat more. Raised by a sensible businesswoman with compassion and intelligence, Monique Schwarz found herself bothered by the disparity between her own mother and the image portrayed in films and television: “The Jewish mothers that I know and love are sexy, smart, and strong, but I have never seen this mother in Hollywood movies, and I set out to find out why.” The result: “Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema,” a documentary examining how the stereotype emerged and evolved, from early Yiddish cinema and Hollywood silents to the 1960s. Set for a screening Sunday at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, the film includes clips from e_SDLqCome Blow Your Horn,” “Goodbye Columbus,” “The Jazz Singer,” “Where’s Poppa,” “Torch Song Trilogy” and others, as well as from rare Yiddish films and recent Israeli features. 2 p.m. $8 general; $6 members; $4 students. yiddishbookcenter.org

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