Yiddish songs

Leonard Bernstein in Israel

The day after the premier of West Side Story, in 1957, Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre headed to Israel. This film follows them during their trip and consists of archival footage that is accompanied by narration taken from the diaries of both Bernstein and Montealegre.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1958

His Wife's Lover

Directed by Sidney M. Goldin

His Wife's Lover (Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik) is a classic of Yiddish cinema and is about Eddie Wien (played by famous Yiddish stage actor Ludwig Satz) who dresses up as an old man to see if a woman will only marry him for his money or not. This comedic film features a few songs in Yiddish, all of which are of secular content and do not deal with Jewish issues but rather with issues of the depression era and of love.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1931

God, Man and Devil

Directed by Joseph Seiden

This Yiddish film brings the classic tale of Faust to the Shtetl. It is about a pious man who makes a deal with the devil and the downward spiral that he is led down. Music plays a major part in the film, most notably the fiddle playing motive that appears at various points.

 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1949
Photo taken from Yiddishmovie.com

Erinhern für die Zukunft: Remember for the future

Directed by Manfred Lemm

This film follows a youth choir, headed by Manfred Lemm who teaches singing in both Yiddish and Polish. In this film they can be seen performing around Germany, learning a song by Mordechai Gebirtig, visiting synagogues and churches and performing two Yiddish songs, a resistance song, and Hebrew songs such as Oseh Shalom and Shibolet BaSadeh.

 

 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
2002

Bar Mitzvah

Directed by Henry Lynn

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.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1935
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

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