Yiddish Theater

Our Children - Unzere Kinder

Directed by Natan Gross and Shaul Goskind

 

This semi-documentary film (and Poland’s last Yiddish feature) features the comedy duo Szymon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1948
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film

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

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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