The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Background

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Background

Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (first published in 1959) tells the story of the eponymous Duddy Kravitz, a smart, sassy, and scheming hustler who spends most of his day going to school at a local Jewish academy and working four jobs at once so that he can "be somebody." The book is wildly funny, but it also has some important messages about morality, materialism, greed, and perhaps most importantly, antisemitism.

Richler's book was later adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Micheline Lanctôt, the film was both critically and financially successful, holding a 100% critics approval rating and a 72% audience approval rating on movie site Rotten Tomatoes. After giving the film 3 out of 4 stars, renowned film critic Roger Ebert wrote the following about the film: "It's a little too sloppy, and occasionally too obvious, to qualify as a great film, but it's a good and entertaining one."

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