Born‌ ‌on‌ ‌April‌ ‌18:‌ ‌Eli Roth, the “Bear Jew” in Inglourious Basterds

Eli Roth

Happy Birthday Eli Roth!  He is 48 years old today. “He is an American film director, producer, editor, writer, and actor. As a director and producer, he is most closely associated with the horror genre, first coming to prominence for directing the films Cabin Fever (2003) and Hostel (2005).” (Wikipedia)

“Because his mother’s family was all but wiped out in Nazi-occupied Austria, and his parents’ friends included survivors of Auschwitz and Dachau, Roth grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. “We were taught that you do not buy German products,” he said. His mother, a respected painter, and his father, a psychoanalyst and psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School, encouraged him to read the many books on the time period, and at the age of 8 — the same year he saw Ridley Scott’s horror classic, “Alien” — the budding filmmaker had already read Eli Wiesel’s “Night” and knew all about Dr. Mengele’s medical experiments. “That’s why horror movies always seemed so tame to me,” he said. “I thought it was absurd when people complained about movie violence, because the default in my brain was — what about the Holocaust?” (Jewish Journal)

Check his IMDB, Facebook, wikipedia page or his Instagram, Twitter account for more information.

Watch an hou long interview with him from 2019:

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