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The Singing Blacksmith - Yankl der schmid

Material Type: 
Films
Place of Publication: 
USA
Year: 
1938
Edition: 
(new 35mm sound and image restoration made from the original nitrate negative, )
Media: 
DVD
Languages: 
English
Yiddish
Country / Area: 
Eastern Europe
Description: 

Feature. USA, 95 min. Yiddish with English subtitles.
Director: Edgar Ulmer
Yiddish musical, with cantorial legend Moishe Oysher.
Moishe Oysher, the renowned cantor and star of Yiddish radio, stars in Edgar G. Ulmer’s musical version of David Pinski’s play Yankl der Shmid. Singing, dancing, and flashing his eyes, Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation to become a mensch. Recently rediscovered footage makes this the most complete extant version of Ulmer’s lively folk operetta, replete with an example of Yiddish swing.

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