Jewish fans slam the trailer for Netflix's Leonard Bernstein biopic 'Maestro'


August 25, 2023

Bradley Cooper is shown as Leonard Bernstein in the trailer for Netflix's "Maestro."

(JTA) - Soon after Netflix dropped the first official trailer for its upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic "Maestro" on Tuesday, one aspect of the film footage sparked a flurry of conversation online - and it wasn't the preeminent Jewish conductor's music, or star Bradley Cooper's acting.

Instead, the prosthetic nose supposedly used by the Oscar-nominated Cooper, who is not Jewish - and co-wrote, directed and stars as Bernstein in the film - infuriated many Jews who argued that the appendage plays into stereotypes about Jewish facial features.

Joel Swanson, a Jewish history PhD student at the...

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