The Israeli Film Service Collection

Bezalel

15 Minutes, 1969
Genre:
Documentary
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Directed by: Arieh Mambush
Production:Igal Efrati
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Languages: English, Hebrew, French,
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A short movie, produced by the Film Service, takes on a journey through the early years of the Bezalel art school from its establishment by Boris Schatz in 1906 to the final exhibition of the schools graduates in 1925 At the heart of Schatzs vision, Bezalel School aimed to pioneer an Israeli artistic identity that blended traditional knowledge with contemporary styles Students, including immigrants, skillfully merged Eastern symbols with European influences, resulting in a unique artistic synthesis The revival of biblical themes and the Land of Israel through the exquisite craftsmanship of knitwear, carpets, jewelry, and copper and ivory works Adorned with Hebrew letters, leaves, flowers, and iconic landmarks like Rachels Tomb and the Tower of David, these creations beautifully reflect Bezalels pioneering spirit while showcasing the nations rich cultural heritage Despite facing opposition in the Jewish world Schatzs unwavering dedication ensured the schools success In 1925 the exhibition of school graduates at the Tower of David symbolized the end of Bezalels first period After the passing of Boris Schatz, the school would reopen several years later this short movie presents Bezalel School as a pioneering art institution that played a pivotal role in shaping Israeli art from its very inception.

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