Conference Proceeding: The Lahiton/Cinema World Image Collection at Stanford University Libraries

The entertainment magazines Cinema World (‘Olam ha-kolno’a), established in 1951, and Lahiton, which was established in 1969 and merged with Cinema World in 1974, were the first Israeli publications devoted solely to popular culture. As such, they documented the development and growth of the Israeli entertainment industry and encompassed all forms of popular entertainment in Israel from the late 1950s through the 1980s, with a focus on music and cinema, but also covering theater, television and dance. Many prominent politicians appeared in the pages as well. These images illustrate the extent to which Israel’s leaders mingled with entertainers, particularly the foreign celebrities invited by Lahiton for promotional tours of the country - from Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, and Gidi Gov to Anat Atzmon, Anat Topol, and Anat Zahor, with many more in between. View highlights of the Lahiton/Cinema World collection as we take a historical tour of Israeli entertainment.