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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Film History: 4 film(s)
Houdini
Lies My Father Told Me
Singing in the Dark
Tevye


Houdini
George Marshall | USA | 1953 | 106mm
This special screening is presented in memory of the late Tony Curtis, and in conjunction with the exhibition, Houdini: Art and Magic, on view at The Jewish Museum. The story of the great magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini, comes to life in this colorful drama starring the late great Tony Curtis as Houdini, and the irresistible Janet Leigh as his faithful wife, Bess. From Houdini’s early days as Erich Weiss, a Jewish boy practicing on safes in Brooklyn, to his renowned death-defying escapes, this film is a rare treat. Screening will be followed by a performance by contemporary magical entertainer, Josh Rand.
Mon Jan 17: 1:00pm



Lies My Father Told Me
Ján Kádar | Canada | 1975 | 104mm
U.S. Premiere of Restored Version
Join us to revisit this classic film based on a story by Ted Allan and set in the 1920s Montreal Jewish immigrant community. Six-year-old David lives with his Canadian-born parents, his grandfather—a junk peddler who emigrated from Russia—and their aging horse. A clash is inevitable with David’s father, a modern materialistic man who dreams of striking it rich with his inventions. Still, young David loves nothing more than making the rounds with his grandfather calling out for “rags, clothes, bottles.”
Harry Gulkin, producer, and Marilyn Lightstone, actress, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 16: 1:30pm



Singing in the Dark
Max Nosseck | USA | 1956 | 86mm
U.S. Premiere of Restored Print
The incomparable Moishe Oysher plays Leo, a German concentration camp survivor suffering from traumatic amnesia. He works as a hotel clerk next to a nightclub where he is befriended by comedian Joey Napoleon (played by borscht-belter Joey Adams). Gradually his memory is restored with the help of Napoleon, some gangsters, a psychiatrist and the love of a good woman. One of the first American-made feature films to dramatize the Holocaust, this fascinating film was Oysher’s only English-language film, and was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront, 12 Angry Men).
Sharon Rivo, executive director of National Center for Jewish Film, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 23: 1:30pm



Tevye
Maurice Schwartz | USA | 1939 | 96mm
Maurice Schwartz’s adaptation of the classic Sholem Aleichem play centers on dairyman Tevye’s daughter, who falls in love with the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Her courtship and marriage pit Tevye’s love for his daughter against his deep-seated faith and loyalty to tradition. Tension builds between parental authority and paternal love, tradition, and change, and between peaceful daily life and counterrevolutionary upheaval. Schwartz, a beloved Yiddish theater and stage actor, brings to life a microcosm of the larger world of Russian Jewry in the early 1900s.
Followed by a book-signing with J. Hoberman, author of Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, newly reissued with additional material.
Mon Jan 24: 3:00pm [at The Jewish Museum]



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