- 1932 ----- b & w ----- 84 min ----- vhs
(Directed by Sidney Goldin and Aubrey Scott, screenplay by Maurice Schwartz based on the novel by Sholem Asch; with Maurice Schwartz, Rubin Goldberg, Judith Abarbanell, Zvee Scooler, Mark Schweid, Sally Schor, Jacob Mestel, Rebecca Weintraub, Sam Gertier) From bustling sweatshop to overcrowded tenement, this film vividly portrays the lives of East European shtetl Jews transplanted to turn-of-the-century New York's Lower East Side. Old-world values clash with new-world dreams and the traditional Jewish family unravels. Yiddish Art Theater founder Maurice Schwartz initially plays benevolent despot and self-made patriarch Uncle Moses with comic flamboyance. But, as romantic difficulties and labor union struggles unfold, Schwartz's performance deepens into a resonant, compassionate elegy.
(In Yiddish with English subtitles)
(Restricted to classroom use only)
- Topics: (History: American, Jewish Studies, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features)