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When Joseph Met Molly : Reader on Yiddish Films

Paskin, Sylvia
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
Published: March 9, 1999
ISBN: 9780907123927
296 pages, 12ill.


From the days of the silent movies to the start of World War Two, Yiddish film was a major form of entertainment for millions of Jews in Europe and America. The modern audience may only remember the Yiddish-speaking Indians in Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles, but the influence of Yiddish film can be traced in the work of cult director Edgar G. Ulmer as well as contemporary directors such as Woody Allen and Sidney Lumet. Yiddish film was much more than just film in the Yiddish langauge, it was a medium in which tradition clashed with modernity, notably in the films where Mollie Picon was the actor and Joseph Green the director. In the West, Yiddish film was at the same time the medium through which the immigrant generation could recall their East European life and the bridge to life beyond the shtetl. This is the first ever Reader in Yiddish film and the only book on Yiddish film published in the UK. The authors, however, are from many countries and traditions.

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