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The Book and the Idol

USA, 1954 (MIFF 1956, In Past Tense)

Director: Samuel Elfert

The film traces the conflict between paganism and monotheism from the early dawn of civilisation in Israel. Based on objects in the archaeological exhibit, "From the Land of the Bible", in the Museum of Modern Art. New York.

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