Jewish and Israeli Music in Films

Database of documentaries, features and other film footage that contain relevant materials on Jewish and Israeli music. It also includes articles that discuss aspects of Jewish and Israeli musical representation in films.

Klezmer in Germany

Directed by  K. Zanussi and C. Goldie

An episode of the BBC series "European Roots." In this episode Klezmer music is discussed as well as the different aspects of its recent revival in Germany amongst Jewish and non Jewish musicians.

Excerpt from the film featuring American musician Alex Jacobowitz who performs marimba on the streets of Germany:

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
2007

Kazablan

Directed by Menahem Golan

Kazablan is an Israeli musical starring Yehoram Gaon and is an Israeli take on Romeo and Juliette.

More information can be found at the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University website.

The popular song Kol HaKavod from the film

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1973
Yehoram Gaon in Kazablan. Photo taken from Wikipedia

Israel is Real

Directed by Victor Stoloff

This Film, featuring Charles Aznavour, Assi Dayan and Romina Power, follows Aznavour on a trip to Israel. The film features Aznavour singing and discussing some of his songs (Let Me be Your First Love, Talk to me with Flowers, and Jerusalem). Furthermore, the film features songs by Geula Gil, dancing by a Jewish North African dancing troupe, the performance of Hava Nagila, and scenes of songs from the film Kasablan, such as Kavod and Yesh Makom.

Material Type: 
Films

Iraq N’Roll

Directed by Gili Gaon

Film about Israeli musician Dudu Tassa and the music of his grandfather and great-uncle Daud and Salah al-Kuweiti respectively  who were some of the most important musicians in Iraq during the 1930s.

More information on the film can be found at Ruth Diskin Films' Website.

 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
2011

In the Fiddler's House: Itzhak Perlman

Directed by Glenn DuBose and Don Lenzer

Famed classical violinist Itzhak Perlman joins klezmer bands and musicians, such as The Klezmatics and The Klezmer Conservatory Band. The songs that are performed are listed as follows:

1. Mayn elterns fargenign ("Sam Musiker")

2. Rufn di kinder aheym (Calling the children home)

3. Doyna and hora

4. Basarabye (Bessarablia)

Material Type: 
Films
Photo taken from Amazon.com

In Lachish

Directed by Isaac Zepel Yeshurun

Film about the town of Lachish and its residents. Towards the end of the film there is a one minute segment that features a traditional Moroccan Henna ceremony.

Complete film on Youtube, courtesy of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Virtual Cinema:

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1964

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