Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose: Dialoguing with Jewish Tradition

Bart J. Koet*

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Abstract

It is the thesis of this article that a secular form of the biblical Exodus pattern is used by Woody Allen in his Broadway Danny Rose. In the history of the Bible, and its interpretation, the Exodus pattern is again and again used as a model for inspiration: from oppression to deliverance. It was an important source of both argument and symbolism during the American Revolution. It was used by the Boer nationalists fighting the British Empire and it comes to life in the hand of liberation theology in South America. The use of this pattern and its use during the seder meal is to be taken loosely here: Exodus is not a theory, but a story, a "Big Story" that became part of the cultural consciousness of the West and quite a few other parts of the world. Although the Exodus story is in the first place an account of deliverance or liberation in a religious context and framework, in Broadway Danny Rose it is used as a moral device about how to survive in the modern wilderness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number763
Number of pages10
JournalReligions
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Actualization of classic stories
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • Exodus pattern
  • New York
  • Passover
  • Thanksgiving
  • Woody Allen

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