The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Collection

The House on the Hill

31 Minutes, 1950
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Directed by: George L. George
Cast: Israel Gal, Adina Dror, Gil Gershony
Production:Norman Lourie, Joseph Krumgold
Production Company:Palestine Films Production company
Photographer: Rolf Kneller
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A docudramatic film made when the Hebrew University reached its 25th anniversary. The film’s main character is a professor of geology, who works on his speech in honor of the anniversary celebrations. He describes the university in the days before the establishment of the state, describing the close connection between scientific research and the development of the country – such as finding water sources or treating malaria. The second part of the film deals with the War of Independence, the abandonment of the Mount Scopus campus, and the finding of alternatives, while in all these the ambition to continue the tradition of learning and teaching is preserved.

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