The Definitive History
of Yiddish Cinema is Back in Print

BRIDGE OF LIGHT: YIDDISH FILM BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
By J. Hoberman

Updated edition includes new chapters & DVD of The Yiddish Cinema

Published by UPNE / Dartmouth University Press in association with The National Center for Jewish Film

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

TONY KUSHNER: “Hoberman's research is breathtaking, but it's his persuasive mastery of the political and aesthetic currents shaping the films he discusses, his wit and generosity as a writer, his great passion for Yiddish culture–all the more potent for the seriousness, reticence and dignity of its expression–that makes this book not only the authoritative history of Yiddish cinema, but a deeply moving and intellectually exciting portrait of the hardscrabble, perilous worlds whence those beautiful films emerged. I cherish Bridge of Light as a powerful act of illuminating.”

FILM QUARTERLY: “Bridge of Light, J. Hoberman’s beautifully mounted and superbly researched survey of the entire range of Yiddish filmmaking, is not simply a study of a small corpus of often interesting films, but a tribute, indeed a monument, to a world lost forever in the ashes of history.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW: “Prodigiously researched and critically astute, this is a readable work of scholarship that takes a well-earned place as the most authoritative word on a curious corner of film history.”

BRIDGE OF LIGHT

Originally published to coincide with the groundbreaking retrospective of Yiddish Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art in 1991. Drawn from the Yiddish films in the collection of The National Center for Jewish Film, the exhibition was co curated by Adrienne Mancia of MOMA, J. Hoberman, and Sharon Pucker Rivo NCJF Executive Director & Co-Founder.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. HOBERMAN is senior film critic at The Village Voice. He is the author of numerous books including An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War; Midnight Movies; 42nd Street (BFI Film Classics); The Dream Life: Movies, Media, And The Mythology Of The Sixties; On Jack Smith's "Flaming Creatures" (and other Secret-Flix of Cinemaroc); The Magic Hour: Film at Fin De Siecle; Vulgar Modernism: Writing on Movies and Other Media; Dennis Hopper: From Method to Madness; The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communisml and Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting (with Jeffrey Shandler). Hoberman has taught cinema history at Cooper Union since 1990.

Films discussed in Bridge of Light available on DVD. All films preserved, restored and with new English subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film:

American Matchmaker
Bar Mitzvah
Benya Krik
A Cantor on Trial
The Cantor's Son
Children Must Laugh
The Dybbuk
The Feast of Passover
God, Man and Devil
Green Fields
His Excellency
His Wife's Lover
I Want to be a Boarder
The Jester
Jewish Luck
Jolly Paupers
Laughter Through Tears
A Letter to Mother
The Light Ahead
The Living Orphan
Long is the Road

Love and Sacrifice

Mamele
Mirele Efros
Motel the Operator
Mothers of Today
Our Children
Overture to Glory
The Return of Nathan Becker
Seekers of Happiness
The Singing Blacksmith
Tevye
Two Sisters
Uncle Moses
The Unfortunate Bride
A Vilna Legend
The Vow
The Wandering Jew
We Live Again
Where is My Child?
Without a Home
Yiddle with his Fiddle
Yosl Cutler and His Puppets

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