Yiddish

Le Blues du Yiddish

Directed by Sylvie Anne Goldberg and Alex Szalat
This film is about Yiddish culture in Paris. The soundtrack features Yiddish songs and there are also performances of songs such as, David Meyerovitz's Vos Geven is Geven Un Mito and Jennie Goldstein and Morris Rund's Ikh Bin a Mame. Both are performed by Talila, the Jewish French singer and actress.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
2005

The Unfortunate Bride

Directed by Maurice Schwartz

This 1926 silent film was re-edited and had dialogue and music added to it in 1932. It's theme is similar to many other Yiddish films of that era. It is about the conflict between the traditional and modern ways of life that greeted Jewish immigrants upon their arrival in America.

Material Type: 
Films

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

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

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

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