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  • 1
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (11 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2017
    Uniform Title: A cantor on trial
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This short gem features Louis "Leibele" Waldman playing three different parts - first an old-world Eastern European, then a German, each auditioning to be the synagogue cantor. Displeased with what they've heard and unable to agree, the synagogue committee is visited by Leibele's agent who offers them a third alternative: a modern an American Chazan, with "pep and jazz" who can do Kol Nidre with a "two-step" and Netaneh Tokef with a "Black Bottom" (a popular 1920s dance). [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 2
    Language: Undetermined
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (15 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2013
    Uniform Title: Old Isaac, the pawnbroker
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: A small girl in an urban slum goes out to seek aid for her sick and starving mother. She goes first to the offices of the Amalgamated Association of Charities, where she is caught up in red tape as the case workers ask questions and offer no immediate aid. Desperate, the little girl then goes to a neighborhood pawnshop hoping to get some money for food. She brings in a pair of old shoes which the pawnbroker's assistant rejects. Then she returns with her doll. This innocent gesture of selflessness attracts the attention of old Isaac, who runs the shop. Hearing the little girl's story, he sets out for her apartment where he stops the men who are trying to evict the sick woman. He pays the rent, provides food and medical care, and even gives the girl a big new doll. The portrayal of Old Isaac here contrasts sharply with the comic scheming merchant characters of the time. Not only is Isaac not interested in profiting from others misfortune, he is charitable and compassionate, and in a way that differs sharply from the heartlessness of official charities. It is interesting to note that antisemitism appeared in American cinema almost exclusively in comedies. Melodramas generally presented Jewish characters sympathetically and this film inaugurated a series of films involving compassionate Jewish pawnbrokers. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: stumm
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  • 3
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (88 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2013
    Uniform Title: Kol Nidre
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: A bissel of this, a bissel of that, "Kol Nidre" has a little bit of everything, combining family melodrama and romance with popular songs, cantorial music and comic bits in an inventive pastiche of themes and styles. The film stars Lili Liliana & Leon Liebgold, the husband and wife Polish actors from "The Dybbuk", comedienne Yetta Zwerling, "Motl the Operator" star Chaim Tauber, and entertainer Cantor Leibele Waldman, with music by Sholem Secunda. Long lost, "Kol Nidre" has been restored with new English subtitles, using the sole surviving 35mm nitrate print. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 4
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (56 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2013
    Uniform Title: Punk jews
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Profiling Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers, African-American Jewish activists and more, "Punk Jews" explores an emerging movement of provocateurs and committed Jews who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Jewish artists, activists and musicians from diverse backgrounds and communities are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. In the process, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers. Meet Yishai, lead singer of Moshiach Oi; Radical performance group, the Sukkos Mob; the renegade Orthodox participants of Cholent; the Amazing Amy Yoga Yenta; Kal Holczler, founder of Voices of Dignity; and African American Jewish hip hop sensation Y-Love. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 5
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (97 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2013
    Uniform Title: Mamele
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Mamele" belongs to Molly Picon, "Queen of the Yiddish Musical", who shines as Mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeping her family intact after the death of their mother. She's so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard! Following their success with "Yiddle with his Fiddle", Director Joseph Green and leading lady Molly Picon re-teamed for "Mamele", which like Yiddle was shot in Poland. Set in Lodz, this musical comedy drama featuring Picon's trademark song "Abi Gezunt", embraces the diverse gamut of interwar Jewish life in Poland, with its nogoodniks and unemployed, nightclubs and gangsters, and religious Jews celebrating Succoth. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 6
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (15 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2012
    Uniform Title: Our time in the garden
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Following its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Our Time in the Garden" screened a major film festivals, theaters and museums world wide, including the Cinema du Reel Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. This moving experimental short uses re-photographed home movies and overlapping soundtracks to relate one woman's true memoir of growing up Jewish in 1930s Berlin. She describes her family's charmed and secure life, at the center of which is a walled garden, leading up to their flight from Germany in the face of Nazism and antisemitism. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 7
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    ISBN: 1585874744
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (23 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2010
    Uniform Title: Yizkor
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Winner of the 2010 Student Academy Award™ Gold Medal for Documentary, Ruth Fertig's "Yizkor" (Remembrance) uses animation by Jeanne Stern, archival film, home movies and Super 8 footage to tell her grandmother's story of survival and resilience in the face of crushing loss. Like many Holocaust survivors, Liselotte Fertigova never spoke with her children about her experiences during the war. After her death, the family uncovered a memoir she had written in the last years of her life. With surprising frankness and humor, Liselotte's words convey the day-to-day realities of a pregnant woman and young mother struggling to keep her family alive inside the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In telling her grandmother's very personal story, Fertig employs an inventive visual style. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 8
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (86 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2010
    Uniform Title: Singing in the dark
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Moishe Oysher plays Leo, a German concentration camp survivor suffering from traumatic amnesia. In America, Leo works as a hotel clerk next door to Luli's Gypsy Paradise, a nightclub where he is befriended by comedian Joey Napoleon (borsht belter Joey Adams). One night the two get tipsy and Leo bursts into song. "Leo the Fabulous" becomes Luli's headliner - although he can only sing when intoxicated. Meanwhile Leo's visits to a psychiatrist brings forth fragmented memories of his cantor father (shown in flashback with Oysher playing his father singing Hebrew cantorial music). When gangsters looking for Napoleon knock Leo unconscious, his memory finally returns and Oysher is shown singing in the bombed-out ruins of Berlin's Levetzow Synagogue, poignant scenes shot on location in 1955. This important and little known film is one of the first American features to dramatize the Holocaust and only the second to depict a holocaust survivor (called "refugee" as the film predates the use of the term "survivor") as the main protagonist. The film represents an early attempt to integrate the Holocaust into mainstream popular culture using American movie conventions of the period. "Singing in the Dark" is a quirky mix of 1950s American film genres - the musical, gangster and mystery movie - and the period's fascination with psychiatry. While Jews are not discussed directly, Jewish content is explicit, especially in the popular Yiddish songs (sung in English) and liturgical Hebrew songs. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 9
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (85 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: Vozvrashchenie Neytana Bekkera
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This rare, newly restored feature was originally advertised as "the first Yiddish talkie from Soviet Russia." The plot centers on Nathan Becker, a Jewish bricklayer who returns to Russia after 28 years in America. After reuniting with his father (played with comic eccentricity by Solomon Mikhoels) Nathan leaves the shtetl to work in the new industrial center of Magnitogorsk. There, he and his African-American friend Jim soon find that the work habits they acquired in America that helped them to "build New York together" conflict with the Soviet system. While the film's resolution emphasizes the triumph of socialist productivity, the screenplay by Yiddish author Peretz Markish reflects the warmth and humor of the Jewish spirit. "The Return of Nathan Becker" is the only Russian Yiddish sound feature film produced in the Soviet Union and was made for domestic consumption as well as for export to the United States. The film uses the character of Nathan Becker to dramatize of the failiure of American capitalism and assimilation, while glorifying the success and productivity of the new Soviet system. The film also depicts the shtetl way of life was backward and grotesque and promotes a shift away from this life and traditional Jewish values. It is a product of the Communist regime's determined efforts to reduce the rich Jewish cultural heritage to "Communist in content and Yiddish in form only". [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. & russ. mit engl. UT
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  • 10
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (30 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: Fiestaremos!
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Fiestaremos!" presents the inspiring work of musician Judy Frankel. The film explores Frankel's dedication to preserving Sephardic music and songs. Interviews with Frankel, musical excerpts and performances offer an intimate look at one of the leading collectors and practitioners of Sephardic folk music. Frankel traveled the world seeking out songs from the Sephardic tradition. In one particularly moving scene, she reads a poem written by a man from Sarajevo and then transforms it into music. Frankel's work - uncovering, recording, transcribing and performing as many Sephardic folk songs as she could find - played a vital role in preserving a history and tradition that would otherwise have been lost to future generations. Frankel died shortly after the completion of this film. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 11
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (20 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: I miss the sun
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: In "I Miss the Sun" filmmaker Mary Halawani profiles her grandmother Rosette Hakim, who left Egypt for the United States in 1962. The Halawanis, a prominent Egyptian-Jewish family, fled their homeland in 1959 when Egyptian anti-Zionist sentiments increased and when hundreds of Jews, suspected of pro-Communist activities were interned in detention camps. Rosette, the family matriarch, chose to remain in Egypt until every member of the large family was free to leave. Using the Passover seder as a backdrop, Rosette (who now lives in Brooklyn) discusses life in Egypt and the contrasts between the values and textures of life there and in America. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 12
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (95 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: Skvoz slyozy
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Like Sholem Aleichem, on whose Motl Peysi: "The Cantor's Son" and "The Enchanted Tailor" stories "Laughter Through Tears" is based, director Gricher-Cherikover leavens pathos with humor in his earthy portrait of prerevolutionary shtetl life. Motl's father dies, leaving him to survive on his own in a changing world while the tailor Shimen-Elye buys a she-goat which mysteriously changes gender each time its new owner stops at the inn between Kozodoyevka, where he purchased the creature, and Zlodyevke, where he lives. In accord with then-official Soviet policies against antisemitism (which were always as odds with prevailing popular sentiments), Gricher-Cherikover emphasizes the poverty and repression of Jews under Czarist rule. He capitalizes on the skills of the Moscow Art Theater's actors through close attention to facial expression and gesture, and particularly of child actor Moshele Silberman. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: Stummfilm mit engl. Zwischentiteln
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  • 13
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (85 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: La cámara oscura
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: At the end of the 19th century, a baby girl is born only feet from the new world as a ship of immigrants docks in Buenos Aires harbor. Shy and self-conscious, Gertrudis grows up and into her role as the ugly duckling in a colony of Argentinean Jews. She fashions herself almost invisible, even hiding her face in photographs. After she is married off to an older, wealthy Jewish rancher, Gertrudis meets expectations and raises a family. The years pass and she finds solace in the beauty of everyday life, turning the tasks of setting the table or preparing a meal into aesthetic pursuits. One day her husband invites a gentle, nomadic French photographer to take a family portrait. His wondrous Surrealist photographs and uncompromising vision, allow Gertrudis to see herself for the first time. A lyrical, inventive new feature film from award-winning Argentine director María Victoria Menis, "Camera Obscura" employs a number of visual innovations, including original Surrealist-inspired photographs and black-and-white films, archival World War I photographs, and hand-drawn color animation. The film-within-a-film sequences - fantasies drawn from the characters' imaginations - were written by María Victoria Menis and Alejandro Fernández Murriay and designed and created by renowned Argentine artist-illustrator Rocambole (Ricardo Cohen). Beautifully shot on location, this luminous, remarkable film captures the rich landscape of Buenos Aires Province, and its fertile forests, fields, lagoons and rivers. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: span. & jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 14
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (74 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2009
    Uniform Title: Bar Mitzvah
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Believing his wife lost at sea, Israel remarries a scheming gold-digger. Shock, tears and laughs abound when his beloved wife returns on the eve of her son's bar mitzvah after a ten-year absence. Starring Yiddish theater superstar Boris Thomashefsky in his only film performance, this musical melodrama is a masterwork of shund, the bread and butter of the Yiddish theater ... An American-made feature film about Jewish Poland (and the "Old Country" more generally), Bar Mitzvah shows how American and Polish Jews caricaturized each other during this period as it represents the pinnacle of low budget movie making. Aside from its unequivocal documentary and historical value, it is a great piece of kitsch. More accurately it is a masterwork of shund - popular Yiddish lowbrow theatrical fare that was the bread and butter of Yiddish theatrical productions. As critic J. Hoberman writes, after lamenting the film's less then stellar production values, "And yet, one must be grateful that "Bar Mitzvah" was made, for, more than any other performer, its star was the popular Yiddish theater incarnate." [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 15
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (90 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2008
    Uniform Title: Der Purimshpiler
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "The Jester" was co-directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylsk in 1937, following the great success of their film "Yiddle with His Fiddle" the previous year. Green who had emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1924, returned to Poland with the American Yiddish theater stars (and then married couple) Miriam Kressyn and Hymie Jacobson for the procuction. Shot on location on a farm outside of Warsaw and in the predominantly-Jewish town of Kazimierz, near Lublin, the film also stars Zygmunt Turkow, co-founder with Ida Kaminska of the Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater. The film premiered in Warsaw in September 1937 and opened in New York City three months later. This musical drama stars a lonely wanderer, a circus performer and Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, whose family tries to marry her into a prominent family. One of the film's centerpieces is a Purim shpil (Purim play) with its parade of costumes and music. The Jester's lively circus and vaudeville music and set pieces provide a glimpse of Warsaw's then-thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, which were destroyed soon after. Many of the film's Polish-Jewish crew and actors were killed during the Holocaust, giving the film's touches of melancholy an even more profound reading for today's audiences. Another important historical note: In 1941, the Nazis appropriated a segment from The Jester's Purim play scene for use in their notorious antisemitic propaganda film "Der ewige Jude" (The Eternal Jew). [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 16
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (73 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2008
    Uniform Title: Libe und laydnshaft
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Based on the novel "Love and Passion" by Isidore Zolotarefsky "Love and Sacrifice" is a prime example of "shund", the melodramatic theatrical escapist entertainment of the Yiddish theater. It opened at the Clinton Theater April 7, 1936 and was held over three weeks as the most popular Yiddish movie the Clinton had shown to date. Produced by Joseph Seiden over two days in a loft in New York City on a miniscule budget, this tale of a middle-class matron who shoots the man who compromises her was a tremendous success. The story of a long-suffering mother who goes to prison for shooting a would-be suitor employs many archetypes of Yiddish theater. From the conflict between the sacrificing mother and the homewrecking schemer, to the reunion of parent and child at a celebratory wedding the film provides a classic example of the Yiddish-American cinema. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 17
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (10 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2008
    Uniform Title: How Moshe came back
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This short provides an interesting early example of a Jewish screen character: the nebbish who dreams of physical prowess. The character, Moshe, is sad about not winning the heavyweight championship and decides on a rematch. Introduced at the fight as weighing 98 pounds, Moshe is afraid when the "champ" is introduced at 240 pounds. When his "second" administers dope via a syringe, Moshe, who had been losing up to that point, defeats the champ and is the hero. Then, he wakes up and realizes it was all a dream. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: Stummfilm mit engl. Zwischentiteln
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  • 18
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (71 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2008
    Uniform Title: Unzere Kinder
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This semi-documentary film (and Poland's last Yiddish feature) features the comedy duo Shimon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust. Directed on location by Nathan Gross and Shaul Goskind at at the JDC-supported Helenowek Colony, an orphanage and school near Lodz, this film includes Dzigan and Shumacher's virtuoso turn as all the characters in Sholem Aleichem's Kasrilevke Brent (Kasrilevke is Burning), and an exchange of roles where they become the children's audience. Reversals continue during the performers' visit to the children's residence, as the children teach adults about the healing possibilities of music, dance and storytelling. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 19
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (60 Min.) , schwarz-weiß ; teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2008
    Uniform Title: 3 films by Abraham Ravett
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Half Sister (1985): At 26, Abraham Ravett learned that his mother had previously been married and lost her family at Auschwitz, including his half-sister, Toncia, who was killed when she was 6 years old. At age 36, Ravett saw a photograph of his half-sister for the first time. "Half Sister" is a cinematic amalgam of memory and imagination, inspired by Ravett's conception of a life that would have been. [jewishfilm.org]
    Abstract: In Memory (1993): In this non-narrative short, footage of life from the Lodz Ghetto is juxtaposed against the chanting of "Kel Maleh Rachamim," a plea to God to let the souls of those "slaughtered and burned" find peace. Images include winter street scenes, women drawing water from a well, men breaking up ice, a Nazi roundup and a mass hanging. The message of this tribute to members of Ravett's family (and to all those who perished under Nazi occupation) is "may their memory endure." [jewishfilm.org]
    Abstract: The March (1999): Both my parents were in Auschwitz and survived "The Death March." My father, deceased since 1979, never spoke about his experiences. My mother, on the other hand, continuously made references to the "miracle" of her survival and recounted in vivid detail what it was like to walk for miles in the bitter cold with just a blanket and a pair of wooden shoes ("Trepches"). She tells a story of how one night when the entire column of inmates took a rest at a nearby farm, she found a small sack of sugar cubes in a hay loft, which kept her and a companion alive for several days. She recalls how the German soldiers would confront a weakened inmate who paused for a moment's rest with the following shout: "Kanst du lofen?" (can you walk?) If the reply was negative or not forthcoming, she would be shot on the spot. [jewishfilm.org]
    Description / Table of Contents: Half Sister (1985)
    Description / Table of Contents: In Memory (1993)
    Description / Table of Contents: 〈〈The〉〉 March (1999)
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  • 20
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (9 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Bound for nowhere: The St. Louis episode
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Bound for Nowhere: The St. Louis Episode" documents one of the Jewish community's efforts to save Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and records the indifference on the part of many nations - including the US - to their plight. The JDC produced this film to record what it thought would be a successful effort to save over 900 Jews, including 200 children, by sailing them from Nazi Germany to Cuba on the ship, the St. Louis. When Cuba refused to allow the passengers to land, the ship sailed to the Miami area where the US government also barred the refugees' entrance. The St. Louis languished in the waters around Cuba while the JDC searched for countries to accept the refugees. Finally, some European countries accepted them and the St. Louis returned to Europe to, the narrator states with unintended irony, "a new and better life." Tragically, most of these refugees ended up in countries subsequently occupied by Germany and ultimately lost their lives in the Holocaust. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 21
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (60 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Dem rebns koyekh
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "A Vilna Legend" features the classic tale of frustrated love. A yeshiva student and an orphan girl who are deeply in love face eternal separation even though their parents promised them to each other before birth. Only the prophet Elijah's miraculous intervention allows their parents to fulfill their vow and the couple their love. The film is a unique glimpse into the vibrant Yiddish theatre and cinema of the 1920s. Originally a silent film (1924), the film was re-cut by New York Yiddish actors in 1932, directed by George Roland, with added narration and new scenes which gave the narrative a more dramatic form. The film features Yiddish star Ester-Rokhl Kaminska, in her only screen performance, along with her daughter, Ida Kaminska. [www.nywift.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 22
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (80 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Billed as the first Jewish musical comedy talking picture, "His Wife"s Lover" stars the popular Yiddish theater comedian Ludwig Satz in one of his only surviving film performances. This fast-paced, song-filled comedy benefits from location camerawork of New York City's Lower East Side and solid direction from Sidney Goldin, director of "East and West" (1923), "Uncle Moses" (1932) and "The Cantor's Son" (1937), features previously restored by NCJF. With a script by a female author, Sheyne Rokhl Simkoff, "His Wife's Lover" revels in its role reversals and love triangles all the while exploring the gender issues of its day. When handsome actor Eddie Wien decides to marry, his uncle Oscar Stein warns that all women are frivolous and selfish, only on the lookout for a fat pocketbook. To prove him wrong, Eddie woos shop girl Golde Blumberg while disguised as a repulsive old millionaire "Herman Weingarten". Golde initially resists "Herman" but, forced to escape her dire financial situation, she finally accepts. A second bet is devised and the elaborate farce continues. In the end, the lovers triumph over deceptions and mistaken identities. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 23
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (48 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Nous continuons!
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Among the first movies to deal with the subject of the Holocaust, this documentary about Jewish war orphans opened in New York in September 1948 and has rarely been seen since. According to film critic Jim Hoberman, the film was modeled on "Children Must Laugh", a pre-war Yiddish-language picture about Jewish orphans. "We Live Again" incorporates newsreels, actual footage of children receiving aid from relief agencies, and a few staged sequences. An introductory credit reads: "This film is about the children in the Homes and Camps of France, operated under the auspices of the Jewish Union for Resistance and Mutual Aid. It was produced in the summer and fall of 1946, two years after the Liberation and is dedicated to the memory of those who died so that their children might live and laugh in peace." The film is an important companion piece to both "Our Children" and "Long is the Road", two post-war films about displaced persons restored by NCJF with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 24
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (82 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Tkies-kaf
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Two friends make a sacred pact pledging their newborn children, Rachel and Mendel, in marriage. Years pass, Rachel's father dies, and the two children, knowing nothing of their fathers' pledge, meet for the first time and fall in love. But Mendel's father insists his son study at the Vilna Yeshiva, and Rachel's rich old landlord insists on marrying her. Based on the same legend as S. Ansky's classic play "The Dybbuk" this spirited film offers the divine intervention of Elijah and a happy ending. Made in 1937 on the eve of the Holocaust, "The Vow" captures authentic scenes of Jewish shtetl life, Yiddish love songs, and the clash between tradition and modernity. "The Vow" is one of several films inspired by a seminal Yiddish folktale known as the "Vilna Legend". The classic story of love, fate and mysticism was first filmed a silent movie in 1924 under the aegis of the prominent Warsaw studio owner Leo Forbert. (In 1933, the silent movie was re-released as the sound feature "A Vilna Legend" with added narration and a new scene). The success of that production led Forbert to remake "The Vow" as a sound feature in 1937, reuniting many of the actors from the original film and updating the story to modern Poland. During the same year, "The Dybbuk", another interpretaion of the "Vilna Legend" was also adapted for the screen. "The Vow" is a fascinating, long-overlooked companion piece to "The Dybbuk" and ranks with that film as a vitally important work of Yiddish cinema. [www.nywift.org]
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  • 25
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (96 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Yevreiskoye schastye
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Bislang haben sich noch alle Träume des Menachem Mendel vom Reichwerden zerschlagen, bis er eines Tages eine Liste mit den Namen reicher Bräute findet, die ein Heiratsschwindler verloren hat. Fortan betätigt er sich als Heiratsvermittler, träumt sogar von einem gigantischen Eheinstitut zur Behebung des Frauenmangels in den USA und scheitert jämmerlich. Vom Moskauer jüdischen Kammertheater an Originalschauplätzen fotografiert, vermittelt der von frechem Witz und elegischem Humor getragene Film ein genaues Bild des Ostjudentums im zaristischen Rußland. - Ab 14. [Film-Dienst]
    Abstract: "Jewish Luck" was among the first Soviet Yiddish films to be released in the US during the 1920s. Based on Sholem Aleichem's series of stories featuring the character Menakhem Mendl (played by the famous actor Solomon Mikhoels) the film revolves around the daydreaming entrepreneur Menakhem Mendl who specializes in doomed strike-it-rich schemes. Despite Jewish oppression by Tsarist Russia, Menakhem Mendl continues to pursue his dreams and his continued persistence transforms him from schlemiel to hero as the film uncovers the tragic underpinnings of Sholem Aleichem's comic tales. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 26
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (112 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: A brivele der mamen
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Die melodramatische Geschichte einer jiddischen Familie in der Ukraine, von der Jahrhundertwende bis nach Beendigung des Ersten Weltkrieges. Im Mittelpunkt die Mutter, die bemüht ist, die Familie durchzubringen, jedoch langsam deren Zerfall miterleben muß: Ihr Mann verläßt das Dorf heimlich, um in Amerika zu Reichtum und Ehre zu kommen; die Tochter erlebt die unglückliche Beziehung zu einem Tanzlehrer; der Krieg beraubt sie des ältesten Sohnes. Schließlich fährt sie ebenfalls nach Amerika, um das jüngste Kind wiederzufinden, das der Vater einst nachkommen ließ, und entdeckt, daß er inzwischen zu einem berühmten Sänger aufgestiegen ist. Der interessante polnische Vorkriegsfilm mischt publikumswirksam ein anrührendes Hohelied der "jiddischen Mame" mit realistischen Einblicken in eine unterdrückte Kultur. Nicht nur als historisches Dokument von Interesse. - Ab 14. [Film-Dienst]
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  • 27
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (91 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: The imported bridegroom
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Asriel Stroon is a widowed landlord who has amassed a fortune in turn-of-the-century Boston. Fearful that his sins have lost him a chance to be accepted into heaven, he goes back to the "Old Country" in Poland and prays as his father's grave for the Almighty to wipe away his sins. While there, he comes across an old Jewish custom: The richest man in town is "bidding" for the awkward but brilliant student Shaya, to get him as a bridegroom for his daughter. Asriel sees that to win such a prodigy for his daughter, Flora is a sure way to secure himself a ticket to heaven. But Flora wants to marry an "American" doctor and Asriel's expensive gift to her turns out to cost more than the beleaguered father bargained for. A sentimental comedy of assimilation ensues, with some surprising twists along the way. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (48 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: So many miracles
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: During the fall of 1942, in the Polish village of Pinczow, as the Germans deported Jews to the gas chambers, the Banya family offered to hide Israel and Frania Rubinek in their one room farmhouse. Despite enormous risk and hardship, Zofia and Ludwig Banya, along with their young son Maniek, sheltered the Rubineks for 28 months. Interweaving docu-drama sequences with archival material, this film follows Israel and Frania Rubinek on their emotional return journey to Poland, and documents their poignant reunion with Zofia Banya, the peasant woman who saved their lives forty years ago. As a co-producer of the film, actor Saul Rubinek accompanies his parents not only to achieve a better understanding of his family's past, but also to come to terms with his own identity. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Hebrew
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (54 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: The balcony
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This is a moving documentary portrait of Israel Becker, a founder of the first professional Yiddish theatrical company in post-war Germany and writer and star of the historic film "Long is the Road", the first feature to portray the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view. "The Balcony" captures Becker at age 83, with an apartment adorned with his own paintings, many of which show family members killed during the Holocaust. These images, along with footage from "Long is the Road", reveal a man whose past is always with him. Becker replies, "I am constantly on the run. All my memories are inhabited by countless escape instincts that I know not their origins. That is my fate, and I have lived until now only because I obeyed it." [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (6 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: K evreiam vsego mira
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: In 1941, a group of the Soviet Union's most prominent Jewish writers and artists signed an appeal to Jews throughout the world, asking them to join the Soviet people "in the holy war against Fascism ... to destroy the enemy of humanity and of the Jewish people." The group included actor Solomon Mikhoels, poet Peretz Markish and film director Sergei Eisenstein. This newsreel footage captures their eloquent, impassioned appeals. Tragically, Mikhoels and Markish later fell victim to the Stalinist purges in the 1940s and '50s (Eisenstein died of natural causes in the 1940s.) This film stands as an important record of how the Soviet government relaxed its ethnic policies in order to appeal to anyone who could help fight fascism and the Nazis. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 31
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (80 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2007
    Uniform Title: Yevo prevoshoditelstvo
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "His Excellency" was the first Soviet-Jewish film to be produced after a demand by the Central Committee's Department for Agitprop that fictional films be made "in a way that an be appreciated by millions". In the tradition of brilliant Soviet directors Eisenstein and Pudovkin, "His Excellency" features stylized cinematography and stars Leonid Leonidov, a star of the Moscow Art Theater, and in a small part, Nikolai Cherkasov, who would later play the lead roles in Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky" and "Ivan the Terrible". With J. Untershlak and Tamara Edelheim as Hirsh and Rivele Lekert, and the Moscow Art Theater's Leonid Leonidov as both the Tsar's governor and the community's rabbi. According to Director Roshel the subject matter of this film was so delicate that the Soviet Commissar of Enlightenment oversaw production of this film personally. The film is based on the life of Hirsch Lekert, a shoemaker and militant Jewish Labor Bund member, who attempted to assassinate the Vilna governor in 1902 to avenge the flogging of workers who participated in a May Day rally. Although the film was intended "as a tract against individualism, ... a greater emphasis is placed on class stuggle within the Jewish community." Bourgeois Jewish Zionists find themselves pitted against fellow Jewish proletariats and the government. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 32
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (93 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Dem Khazns Zundyl
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This Yiddish feature film musical drama marks the screen debut of singer and cantor Moishe Oysher ("Overture to Glory" and "The Singing Blacksmith"). Shot in Pennsylvania near the Pocono Mountains, the film features Oysher in the title role of a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York's Lower East Side (the film includes rare glimpses of the Lower East Side and of 2nd Avenue Yiddish theater marquees of the period). While washing floors in a nightclub several years later he is "discovered" and becomes a well-known singer. Ultimately, Oysher's character returns home to the Old Country and reunites with his parents and his childhood sweetheart. In his book on Yiddish cinema "Bridge of Light", critic J. Hoberman calls "The Cantor's Son" an "anti-Jazz Singer," further remarking that the film's story parallels Oysher's own struggle to reconcile his cantorial calling with a career in show business. Like his film character, Oysher, born in Bessarabia the son and grandson of cantors, was both a matinee idol and a celebrated cantor. Oysher was married to his co-star Florence Weiss. After film director Sidney M. Goldin ("Uncle Moses", "East and West") suffered a fatal heart attack during the production of "The Cantor's Son", he was replaced by Stanislavsky-protege Ilya Motlyeff, who is credited as the film's director. The film's score (including the sentimental song "Mayn Shtetele Betz") was composed by Alexander Olshanetsky, a concert violinist and veteran of the 2nd Avenue Yiddish theater. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Marathi
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (33 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: The Bene Israel - A family portrait
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This documentary is both an intimate family portrait and a fascinating ethnographic study of the Bene Israel, one of three groups of Jews living in India today. Filmmakers Nathanson and Fernandez spent months living with one family in the Bene Israel community, documenting the family's daily lives and recording the religious and cultural traditions of this unique branch of Judaism. Through stories, songs, family prayer and community ritual, the film introduces the viewer to three generations of Indian Jews. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (13 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Los judíos de patria española
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This 1929 documentary film contains close-ups of the leading Balkan Sephardi rabbis of the time and rare footage of Jewish schools, residential quarters, synagogues, and cemeteries as well as a sampling of Sephardi religious customs. This short unusual film was discovered by Sharon Pucker Rivo, director of NCJF, during a visit to Barcelona to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain. "Jews of the Spanish Homeland" provides a rare glimpse of Sephardic communities in Salonika, Constantinople, Yugoslavia, and Romania as well as former centers of Jewish life in Spain. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 35
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (101 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Got, Mentsch un Taybl
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: A wager between God and Satan has dire consequences in this allegory based on the play by Jacob Gordin about the material world's false promises. Beware when money sounds sweeter than music, it cautions; those who win lotteries stand to lose all, including their spiritual treasures, families, communities and religion. Poor, pious Torah scribe Hershele Dubrovner has a life that glorifies God until Satan, disguised as a business partner, turns him into a greedy, dishonest factory owner whose success desecrates both his religion and his community. Betrayal and abandonment replace serenity and familiarity; the instruments of good fortune become instruments of death. Not even music, previously Hershele's joy, can heal these rifts. If the character of Hershele Dubrovner reminds some of Faust and others of Job, its no coincidence as "God, Man and Devil" combines elements of both stories. The wager at the center of the story is that for all his piety, the scribe can be corrupted - not by suffering (as in Job's case) or by the temptation of wealth (as in Faust's case), but by worldly good fortune itself. As the plot develops, Hershele amply confirms Satan's expectations, only to realize the gravity of his error after it is too later to rectify it. It is a simple morality play, timeless even though addressed in its specifics to a particular audience. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (30 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Girona: Mother of Israel - The jews in Catalonia
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Girona: The Mother of Israel" documents Jewish daily life in Girona, a city in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, from its "Golden Age" in the Middle Ages through the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492 and up to the present day. Recognized as the "Mother of Israel," a name given to just a few sites in the world considered Jewish spiritual resting places, Girona was once home to an important school of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) and has a significant place in Jewish history. In addition to interviews with historians, highlights of the program include Catalan-Ladino folk music and footage of Girona's Jewish quarter as it appears today. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 37
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (78 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Tsvey Shvester
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Is "Two Sisters" domestic tragedy or dark comedy? Any way that you look at it, make sure there's a tissue nearby: On her deathbed in a Bronx tenament, Mrs. Glickstein extracts a promise from her eldest daughter Betty: that she will be both sister and mother to her younger sister Sally, and to do everything to ensure her happiness. From then on Betty works tirelessly supporting her sister through nursing school, her fiancee through medical school and her father in a TB sanatarium only to have her happiness shattered when her sister and fiancee fall in love. Jennie Goldstein puts in a command performance as the "pathological arch-martyr" Betty, including a rampage through her fiancee's office declaring everything, including him, belongs to her! This family drama of personal sacrifice and devotion without end amidst the struggle to succeed in America provides a perfect vehicle for Jennie Goldstein. The screenplay, which combines slapstick humor and deep pathos, is typical of the once-vibrant Second Avenue Yiddish theater and preserves Jennie Goldstein's only film appearance. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 38
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (12 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Jewish life in Bialystok
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Vivid cinematography and music evoke the industrial and cultural center that was Bialystok in 1939. Images of smokestacks, power looms and textile workers; downtown shops and buses, market day with peasants and horses; schools, synagogues, the Sholem Aleichem Library, the TOZ sanatorium and a community-run summer camp reflect the diversity of the city's 200-year-old Jewish community. In addition to the tile-roofed home of Dr. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto, "Jewish Life in Bialystok" features memorable images of a spacious park where young adults relax and children play. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 39
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (79 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Mirele Efros
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Mirele Efros", the Jewish Queen Lear, was the masterpiece of Ukrainian-born Jacob Gordin, an enormously influential Yiddish playwright whose works sought to describe and promulgate the ethos of mentshlekhkeyt: the practice of honesty, decency, and devotion toward family and community. This sophisticated version of his stage classic faithfully recreates Jewish life in turn-of-the-century Grodno, Poland. Berta Gersten gives a memorable performance as Mirele, a wealthy and pious widow whose devotion to her children extends to hand-picking a wife for her eldest son, gravely mistaking the young woman's character as giving and devout. The resulting conflict between the noble Jewish matriarch and her ungrateful, self-serving daughter-in-law provides both a cautionary tale and a lesson in the value of filial piety. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 40
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (91 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: His people
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: In "His People", the two sons of a poor Russian-Jewish pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side are both causing their father grief. Morris, a selfish, ambitious student, wants to become a lawyer, and in doing so tries to hide his background from his friends. Sammy gets a job to help pay his brother's college education, and to his father's horror, becomes a prizefighter and plans to marry an Irish girl. As Morris and Sammy stray from traditions cherished by their parents, each generation learns to accept change in order to preserve the family as a source of love and respect Director Sloman's images of New York's Lower East Side are so evocative that the viewer can almost hear the hustle and bustle of that thriving neighborhood during the 1920s. [www.nywift.org]
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  • 41
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (55 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Der vanderner Yid
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "The Wandering Jew" tells the story of Arthur Levi (Jacob Ben-Ami), a German-Jewish artist who experiences the new German antisemitism when his masterpiece, a portrait of his Polish-born father entitled "The Eternal Wanderer" is rejected by the Berlin Academy of Art, which also asks his resignation as professor. Later in the film the figure in the painting comes to life and tells Levi the story of the persecution of the Jewish people. The film ends with footage of an anti-Hitler rally at New York City's Madison Square Garden and Levi's resolve to bear onward in the face of adversity. "The Wandering Jew" is a unique find: the first American feature film to depict the situation of Jews in Nazi Germany, and the only Yiddish-language film of its era to address this subject. The film, which dramatizes the situation of German Jews, was an American-Jewish response to the Nazi regime. It was produced by Jewish American Film Arts at the Atlas Studio on Long Island, NY during the summer of 1933, just months after the Nazi rise to power in Germany. In the wake of the violence of Kristallnacht the film was given a December 1938 re-release under the title "Jews in Exile", screening in RKO theaters all over the New York area. [www.nywift.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: French
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (23 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Nana: Un portrait
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: From her apartment in New York, eighty-year-old Louise Zilkha reviews the highlights of her life that began with a traditional Jewish upbringing in Baghdad. Zilkha reminisces about her youth, of playing Queen Esther and of her arranged courtship and marriage to a leading Middle Eastern banker. She talks about the often turbulent coexistence of Iraqi Jews and Moslems, and of the persecution and threats that led the family on a journey out of Iraq to Beirut, Cairo, and finally, New York. The film is at once a very personal portrait and a documentary tribute to a lost culture. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (20 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Papa's pest
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: For his birthday Izzie Cohen wants a motorcycle, but his father gives him a camera instead. Izzie takes a photograph of his father in an apparently compromising position and uses it to blackmail him into buying a motorcycle. When the motorcycle arrives, Izzie's father gets on and starts it accidentally. He can neither control it nor turn it off and it runs wildly through the house before crashing through the house of his Irish neighbor, Murphy. Cohen and the motorcycle zip along dragging Murphy in a bathtub. The wild ride that ensues eventually catches the attention of a traffic cop. Finally the motorcycle hits a tree and the cop arrests Cohen and Murphy for reckless driving. The Izzie and Lizzie series picked up on the popularity during the twenties of Jewish comic characters such as Potash and Perlmutter, or Max Davison's Jewish characters in Hal Roach's films. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (18 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Yosl Cutler and his puppets
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This film is a performance of one of Yosl Cutler's solo puppet shows. A multi-talented artist, writer, poet, and Yiddish Art Theater designer, Cutler is probably best known as the cartoonist for the Jewish communist newspaper, "The Freiheit". These fanciful and slightly surreal sketches preserve his work with the marionettes he designed, built and brought to life. Puppet personalities in the film include an old Jewish couple, a caricatured Rabbi and a couple of "peppery little Jews" performing traditional Jewish and Jazz dance. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 45
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (10 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: The Holocaust tourist
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Benstock cleverly mixes animation and live footage to hold the attention and the use of quick cuts between kitsch ornaments, people smiling for the camera under the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign and letting children run about without a thought for those on a true pilgrimage of remembrance shine a startling light on our ignorance. The abiding image is the same as that seen in KZ, our need to remember fighting with our desire to gloss over things so the enormity of horror is reduced. Even in such a short runtime there is no sense of Benstock being reductive or of him drawing glib conclusions - he wants us to see for ourselves. Anyone not old enough to remember this dark period of modern history would do well to take note. [www.eyeforfilm.co.uk]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (28 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: The yidishe gauchos
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "The Yidishe Gauchos" is a story of immigration and survival in the Argentine pampas. At the end of the nineteenth century, thousands of East European Jews fled from persecution and pogroms. With the help of the Jewish Colonization Association, these Jews adapted to a life on the pampas alongside the tough Argentine cowboys, the gauchos. The immigrants became ranchers and farmers; professions unknown to shtetl Jews from East Europe. Utilizing archival footage, commentary from scholars and interviews with those who remember the earliest days of Jewish settlement in Argentina, this lively documentary illuminates an unknown chapter of modern Jewish history. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Hebrew
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (14 Min.) , farbig
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Mishmeret sheniyah
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Berkowitz, an Israeli Reserve soldier, is on watch at a remote post along the Israeli-Jordanian border. Just a few yards away across the border, he finds an equally bored Jordanian soldier. The interaction between the two guards makes for an irresistible comic exercise and speaks volumes about the simple human truths underlying the complexities of life in the Middle East. [jewishfilm.org]
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    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (22 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Zahor
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: So many Holocaust films draw their power exclusively from the event itself, but "Zahor" has an original idea. In a brief 22 minutes Zahor makes an essential visual point about the victims of the Holocaust - that the way they are traditionally presented in the media, as skeletons in striped uniforms, says nothing about them but everything about their Nazi tormentors. Through vintage photographs and films we meet real people - not yet victims - young people with so much potential, crushed with so much hate, hate tolerated by so much indifference worldwide. - Gene Siskel [jewishfilm.org]
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    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (11 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: The cowboy
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Yes, it's just your typical all-Yiddish shoot-'em-up: a small boy falls out of a covered wagon on its way West and shows up years later as a quick trigger cowboy. When he is unjustly accused of theft, a gunfight breaks out to the strains of "Oyfn Pripitchik." This spoof was made by adding a Yiddish dialogue to the "Son of Oklahoma", a 1932 Hollywood Western. A hilarious short for a Yiddish-speaking audience! [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 50
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (93 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Der lebediker Yusem
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "The Living Orphan" is a dramatic tale of hardship that highlights some of the traumatic problems of the immigrant experience, including alcoholism, separation and poverty. The child star, Jerry Rosenberg (Ross) gives a memorable performance as the son Benny and the film introduces two European stars Fanina Rubina and Gustav Berger. The plot centers on the story of a stage couple that develops marital problems due to the demands of the theatre. The husband, whose career is failing, insists that the wife stay home to tend their young son. The subplot focuses on the plight of a woman who chooses her career over family obligations. Set in New York in the 1930's, the film contains some interesting street shots of the Lower East Side and a marvelous scene in the Bialystoker Old Folks Home. One of the best Second Avenue Yiddish theatre domestic melodramas produced in New York City just prior to World War II, the film provides a wonderful example of the sentimental dramas created to entertain and educate the immigrant community. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 51
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (85 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Ost und West
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This delightful comedy opens as Morris Brown, a New Yorker better acquainted with his checkbook than his prayerbook, returns to Galicia with his very American daughter, Mollie (the incomparable Molly Picon) for a family wedding. The bride, daughter of his traditionally observant brother, and Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, could not be more different. But Mollie unexpectedly meets her match, an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart. "East and West" features classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is veteran filmmaker Goldin's affectionate appreciation of differences, for good-natured comedy shapes his portrayal of worldly Jews encountering traditional shtetl life. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: Stummfilm mit jidd. & engl. Zwischentiteln
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  • 52
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (66 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2006
    Uniform Title: Freylikhe Kabtsonim
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: "Jolly Paupers" combines the rare talents of the Warsaw Art Players under the leadership of Zygmunt Turkow. In this musical comedy, the famous comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. The whole town finds out and thus begins a comedy of errors, including millionaire investors, American schemers, and insane asylums (not to mention a little matchmaking on the side). Yet in the face of setbacks, these two simpletons are relentless in their efforts to escape their misery and achieve fame and fortune and refuse to give in to despair. During the last years preceding the outbreak of World War II, the Dzigan and Shumacher comedy revue theatre gained immense popularity. Their satirical monologues and skits provided Jewish audiences with an escape and a rare opportunity to laugh. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 53
    AV-Medium
    AV-Medium
    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (12 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: Jewish life in Cracow
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Focusing on Cracow's Jewish quarter, this film intermingles old and new, using music to enhance the images. Streetcars share tree-lined streets with horse-drawn carriages; people conduct business under umbrella-covered markets and arcaded market halls; parks and schoolyards host sports, games and animated discussions. Scenes of the famous Remu Synagogue and the Alte Shul, an orphanage, a hospital, the Jewish Community Council and several schools convey the vitality of this age-old Jewish community. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 54
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (87 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: Uncle Moses
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Onkel Moses, ein ehemals armer ostjüdischer Emigrant, betreibt ein florierendes Textilgeschäft in der Lower East Side von New York. Bedenkenlos nimmt er die Tochter eines Angestellten zur Frau, doch die Ehe, in die wegen der wirtschaftlichen Abhängigkeit eingewilligt wurde, verläuft unglücklich. Als die Gewerkschaftsbewegung erstarkt, scheitern auch die geschäftlichen Zukunftspläne. Der in den 30er Jahren spielende Film versucht, ein authentisches Bild des Lebens ostjüdischer Einwanderer in den USA zu vermitteln, und dokumentiert den Umbruch der Traditionen zum modernen amerikanischen Lebensstil. Ein historisch wie kulturell gleichermaßen interessantes Dokument. - Ab 14. [Film-Dienst]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 55
    AV-Medium
    AV-Medium
    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (12 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: Jewish life in Lwow
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: Stylish women promenade through modern Lwow’s thriving market squares to a piano-and-violin accompaniment suggesting urban rhythms. Also known as Lemberg and home to an old, well-established Jewish community, this city nestled in a valley projects an aura of prosperity. Parks and pavilions punctuate its public spaces as trucks, pushcarts and bicycles ply its busy streets. Among the Jewish community landmarks shown are the Yad Haruzim Trade Union Building, the Old Ghetto, the softly curving exterior of the Modern Temple, the orthodox school, the Moorish-looking Lazarus Hospital and the grave of the "Golden Rose" - filmed in warm, dappled light - and the Nowosci Theater. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 56
    AV-Medium
    AV-Medium
    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (75 Min.) , teilw. schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: René and I - From Auschwitz to America
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This courageous documentary tells the story of Irene and her twin brother René, Czech Jews sent to Auschwitz at age six. The siblings survived three years in the camp, where they were they were among the 3,000 twins experimented on by Josef Mengele and other Nazi doctors. Of those twins, only 160 survived. A true tale of miraculous chance encounters, high-risk rescue, a dramatic reunion as the iron curtain is shutting closed, and incredible lives forged from Auschwitz to America, "René and I" is the story of two resilient souls who triumphed over inhumane circumstances with their emotional selves intact. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: engl.
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  • 57
    Language: English
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (94 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: Benya Krik
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: The seamy Jewish underworld of Odessa is the setting for Isaac Babel's story based on the life of gangster king Mishka Yaponchik ("Mike the Jap") Vinnitsky. Murder is a way of life for Benya Krik and his gang. They profit from their criminal activities until the Russian Revolution when the local commissar sets them up as a "revolutionary" regiment, complete with tattooed red stars. But this new post backfires for Benya as he finds himself ensnared in a Bolshevik trap. "Vladimir Vilner's 1927 "Benya Krik" is a long-lost evocation of Isaac Babel's Odessa, shot on location, and directed from a script written by Babel himself. Babel was 30 years old and at the peak of his popularity when he went to work for the Ukrainian studio, VUFKU. Benya Krik's first two-thirds are taken from a pair of published stories set in Odessa's prerevolutionary Jewish underworld; the last section, set in 1919, is original - albeit based on the actual demise of Benya's real-life prototype, gangster king Mishka Yaponchik ("Mike the Jap") Vinnitsky ... Opening in Kiev in early 1927, "Benya Krik" was almost immediately banned by the Ukrainian office for political education." (J. Hoberman, Village Voice) [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: Stummfilm mit engl. Zwischentiteln
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    AV-Medium
    AV-Medium
    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (11 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: Jewish life in Vilna
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: This rare film document captures the spirit of Jewish life in pre-World War II Vilna. Lively narration and music accompany film sequences of people engaged in the rituals and realities of daily existence at work, at play, in the synagogue, and in school. Vilna's famous landmarks - the Strashun Library, Shnipeshiker Cemetery and the YIVO Institute - are among the film's highlights. [jewishfilm.org]
    Note: jidd. mit engl. UT
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  • 59
    AV-Medium
    AV-Medium
    Waltham : The National Center for Jewish Film
    Language: Yiddish
    Pages: 1 DVD-Video (11 Min.) , schwarz-weiß
    Year of publication: 2005
    Uniform Title: A day in Warsaw
    Keywords: DVD-Video
    Abstract: The lively Jewish neighborhoods of Warsaw, including Zamenhof Street and the commercial "beehive" Nalewki Street, were home to 400,000 Jews before World War II. "A Day in Warsaw" sets Warsaw's modern multi-storied buildings and broad streets against its old market square and Jewish quarter. Trucks, trolleys, autos and buses meet horse-drawn carriages, pushcarts and porters in the bustling commercial district. Also shown are the Yiddish Theater, Gensza Cemetery and other Jewish institutions - the community council, hospitals, schools and synagogues. At film's end, after Sabbath services, families pour into Krashinsky Park where children play and adults spiritedly debate the issues of the day. [jewishfilm.org]
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  • 60
    Language: German
    Pages: 24 S.
    Year of publication: 1960
    Series Statement: Arbeitsblätter zur Filmbewertung
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