The City Without Jews

The City Without Jews ★★★

It's nice to see a 1920s narrative that differentiates between "Jewish people are hoarding all the money" and "the people with all the money are hoarding all the money". But The City Without Jews is, at heart, a family drama, and what it posits early on as a structural economic problem gets largely ignored for the rest of the film. It rubbed me the wrong way that two different characters had to have a change of heart because they both ended up with Jewish sons-in-law and how liberal equality prevailed solely because of an appeal to lenders and shareholders. Still, anyone coming out against impending Austrofascism is kind of a badass.