But things are not so simple. In fact Jack has nothing to sell but himself, and until he finds his niche - as a television talk-show host - Dave has fun with his awful ideas: an underbed storage unit that won't fit under a bed; a string of kosher vegetarian restaurants, about which someone who is declining to invest writes: "Dear Jack, Jews eat meat".
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Though Dave helplessly admires Jack, he also despises him "All friends, surely, are schadenfreunds" - his ignorance, his vulgarity, his self-absorption. And though Dave satirises himself - his timidity and pedantry, his choice of failure before it can choose him - he thinks himself better than Jack: more intelligent, more sensitive, nicer. Which he is. This brings us to the next butt of Canter's satire: biography. When Jack dies, Dave is asked to write his biography. He agrees, but never does - this is his Jewish version of refusal. Instead he writes this anti-biography.
It mocks the necessity of the Dream "He always dreamed of being a sprinter; before he was old enough to walk, he sprinted" and the years when nothing happened. And it provides one of the best arguments for biography, and one of the best attacks on it. Respectively: "Every moment of your life your actions express your character and destiny in the most brutally obvious way It's all there, always"; and "This is the vanity of biographers - to think they're human torches of truth when they're journalists with more space. What Happens Now is a Jewish story too, but that's the problem.
Seeds of Greatness is wonderful on Jews - not just funny a camera so simple it says: "can be used by Jews" , but serious too on Jewish families wanting either only good news, or only bad. Alistair Black, the hero of What Happens Now, is said to be Jewish, but for all we see of his character and background he might as well be Scottish, as his name suggests. He is a natural actor, and when the BBC comes looking for child actors, Alistair is chosen.
He is cast as a young Jewish boy who dies in the Holocaust, and he falls in love with Alice, who plays his sister. Something nasty happens to Alice; years later Alistair does something nasty too, and then dies. I know it's because he failed to protect Alice, but what does it mean? Is young Alistair's constant fear meant to be a collective unconscious memory? Is that why he "instinctively" holds his hands up, like the little boy with the yellow star in the famous photograph?
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