Yiddish

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
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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

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

A letter to mother - A Brivele der Mamen

 Directed by Joseph Green

Classic Yiddish film from 1939 with music by Abe Ellstein. In this film music is integral to the development of the plot and in addition to the film's central melody that acts as a leitmotif throughout the film, a Passover seder is also featured and a few non-religious Yiddish songs are sung during the course of the film. 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1939
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

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