NEW YORK (Jul. 31)
The British film “Oliver Twist,” which has been the subject of bitter controversy during the past two years because its depiction of the character of Fagin was strongly anti-Semitic, had its premiere in New York’s Park Avenue Theatre last night.
To meet the objections of those who felt that Fagin was portrayed in a strongly anti-Semitic manner, considerable footage was dropped from the original film. The producers of the film took into consideration protests in the United States against the portrayal of Fagin as a stereotyped Jewish villain and omitted in the New York showing the grotesque close-ups of Fagin which provoked resentment in London.