Restored Classic Films
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American Matchmaker Amerikaner Shadkhn
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USA, 1940, 87 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

35mm 16mm DVD
Leo Fuchs, the "Yiddish Fred Astaire," stars in this musical comedy as Nat Silver, a debonair and wealthy Jewish-American businessman whose recent engagement (his eighth) goes awry. Ulmer’s last Yiddish movie was also his most modern, an art deco romantic comedy about male ambivalence and Jewish assimilation. More


An Appeal to the Jews of the World
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USSR, 1941, 6 minutes, B&W
Russian, Yiddish and English with English subtitles

16mm DVD
In 1941, a group of the Soviet Union’s most prominent Jewish writers and artists, including Solomon Mikhoels, Peretz Markish, and Sergei Eisenstein, signed an appeal to Jews throughout the world, asking them to join the Soviet people in fighting against fascism. More


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Bar Mitzvah
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USA, 1935, 75 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Henry Lynn

DVD
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. More


Benya Krik
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USSR, 1926, 90 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by V. Vilner

35mm DVD
The seamy Jewish underworld of Odessa is the setting for Isaac Babel's story based on the life of gangster king Mishka Yaponchik "Mike the Jap" Vinnitsky. Murder is a way of life for Benya and his gang until he finds himself ensnared in a Bolshevik trap. More


Breaking Home Ties
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USA, 1922, 78 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles
Directed by Frank N. Seltzer & George K. Rowlands

Digital
Long thought lost, the world's only existing print of Breaking Home Ties was discovered by NCJF in a Berlin archive in 1984. Thinking he killed his friend Paul in a blind rage, David Bergmann flees pre-revolutionary Russia for America. In New York he becomes a succesful lawyer and woos the boss' daughter Rose. More

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A Cantor on Trial Khazan afn Probe
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USA, 1931, 10 min, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
35mm 16mm DVD
Cantor Leibele Waldman plays multiple roles in this spoof of a synagogue committee in search of a chazan (cantor). More


The Cantor's Son Dem Khazns Zundl
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USA, 1937, 90 min, b&w
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Ilya Motyleff (Sidney Goldin, uncredited)

35mm DVD
This toe-tapping Yiddish musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher in the title role critic J. Hoberman calls the “anti-Jazz Singer.” Leaving behind his Shtetle Belz for the Lower East Side, Sol eventually lands the American dream, becoming a popular radio star. More


A Child of the Ghetto
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USA, 1910, 15 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by D. W. Griffith

16mm Blu-ray DVD
This tale of New York’s Lower East Side life captures the hustle and bustle of Rivington Street through the lens of legendary Hollywood director D. W. Griffith. Ruth flees the ghetto and hides in the country, where a young farmer takes her in and they fall in love. More


Children Must Laugh Mir Kumen On

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Poland, 1935, 63 minutes, B&W
English & Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Aleksander Ford for the Jewish Labor Bund
16mm DVD
Directed by Lodz native Aleksander Ford and financed by the Jewish Labor movement in Poland, Children Must Laugh is one of the few surviving documentaries about Jewish life in Poland before WWII. More


Cohen on the Telephone
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USA, 1929, 9 minutes, B&W
with sound, in English
Directed by Robert Ross

16mm Blu-ray DVD
Trying to make a call and unfamiliar with the telephone, Cohen embroils himself in a comic monologue of misunderstanding. Here, we see how the Jewish immigrant is now characterized not simply by how he moves and looks, but by how he speaks. More


Cohen Saves the Flag
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USA, 1913, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Mack Sennett
16mm DVD
Cohen is a sergeant in the Union Army and the bitter rival of another officer for the attentions of Rebecca. Like most burlesque Jewish characters of this period, this caricature borders on anti-semitism. Yet Cohen is also the hero of the film. More


Cohen's Advertising Scheme
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USA, 1904, 1 minute, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
16mm DVD
This may be the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant”. Cohen, a grotesquely made-up Jewish shop owner, tricks a passerby into wearing a coat that has a sign advertising his store attached to the back. More


Cohen's Fire Sale
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USA, 1907, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
16mm DVD
Cohen, made-up in grotesque vaudevillian Jewish style, pursues a trash wagon, picking up hats as they accidentally drop off. When he finds the hats are not selling, Cohen reads his insurance policy and arranges for an "accidental" fire." More


Comrade Abram Tovarishch Abram
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USSR, 1919, 18 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Alexander Razumni
35mm 16mm DVD
Tne of a series of short Bolshevik propaganda films, Comrade Abram focuses on Abram Hersh, a young Jewish pogrom survivor who became a factory worker and organizer in Moscow and, eventually, a leader in the Red Army. More

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A Day In Warsaw
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Poland, 1938, 10 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with complete new English subtitles
16mm DVD
The lively Jewish neighborhoods of Warsaw, including Zamenhof Street and the commercial "beehive" Nalewki Street, were home to 400,000 Jews before World War II. More

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East and West Mizrekh un Mayrev / Ost und West
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Austria, 1923, 85 minutes, B&W
Silent with Yiddish & English intertitles
Added original soundtrack (1991)
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson
16mm DVD
This delightful comedy opens as Morris Brown, a New Yorker better acquainted with his checkbook than his prayerbook, returns to Galicia with his very American daughter, Mollie (Molly Picon) for a family wedding. More

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The Feast of Passover Di Seder Nakht
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USA, 1931, 15 minutes, B&W
English, Hebrew, and Yiddish (no subtitles)
Produced by Sidney M. Goldin for Jacob Berkowitz
16mm VHS DVD
A seder in the midst of North American prosperity recalls traditional Passover celebrations in Russia (with the same cast enacting both scenes). More

The Führer Gives a City to the Jews Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt
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Germany, 1944, Restored sequences and fragments (incomplete), 23 minutes, B&W
German with English subtitles
Produced by the Ministry of Propaganda of the Third Reich
16mm Beta DVD
The only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany’s Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the “model” ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin, a town in the former Czechoslovakia. More

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God, Man and Devil Got, Mentsch, un Taybl
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USA, 1949, 100 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden

16mm DVD
A wager between God and Satan has dire consequences in this allegory about the material world's false promises. More


Great Cantors in Cinema/ Great Cantors of the Golden Age
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USA, 2006, 120 minutes, B&W/color
Hebrew, Yiddish & English with English subtitles
Directed by Rich Pontius; Produced by Cantor Murray Simon
2 DVD Set
These two films feature some of the rarest and finest performances of renowned cantors from 1910 to the 1940s, including Adolph Katchko, Yossele Rosenblatt, David Roitman, Joseph Shlisky, and Mordechai Hershman, Moshe Koussevitsky, and Leibele Waldman. More


Green Fields Grine Felder
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USA, 1937, 95 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Edgar Ulmer and Jacob Ben-Ami
35mm 16mm DVD
With a cast from the Artef and Yiddish Art Theaters, Peretz Hirschbein's semiautobiographical play and music by Vladimir Heifetz, Edgar Ulmer created a hit. More

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Hatikvah: The Hope
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Germany, 1936, 48 minutes, B&W
Silent with German and English intertitles
Produced by the German Zionist Union
16mm DVD
Made in 1936 in an effort to inspire German Jews under Nazi rule to make aliyah to Palestine, this documentary about the earliest period of Zionist history is a singular celluloid artifact. More


His Excellency Yevo Prevoshoditelstvo
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USSR, 1928, 76 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles (Incomplete: missing one reel)
Directed by Grigori Roshal
35mm 16mm DVD
In the tradition of brilliant Soviet directors Eisenstein and Pudovkin, this film features stylized cinematography and stars Leonid Leonidov, a star of the Moscow Art Theater... More


His People
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USA, 1925, 91 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Edward Sloman
16mm DVD
The two sons of a poor Russian-Jewish pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side are causing their father grief. As Morris and Sammy stray from traditions cherished by their parents, each generation learns to accept change to preserve the family as a source of love and respect. More


His Wife's Lover Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik
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USA, 1931, 80 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
35mm DVD
His Wife’s Lover stars the popular comedian of the Yiddish theatre Ludwig Satz. It was billed as the "first Jewish musical comedy talking picture." More


How Moshe Came Back
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USA, 1914, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Produced by Crystal Films
16mm DVD
An example of Jewish characterizations in the silent film era, Moshe, a 98-pound boxer defeats his 240-pounds opponent…by cheating. More


Hungry Hearts
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USA, 1922, 80 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles
Added original soundtrack (2006)

16mm DVD VHS
A Hollywood adaptation of the short stories of Anzia Yezierska, the first writer to bring stories of American Jewish women to a mainstream audience, Hungry Hearts focuses on the hopes and hardships of the Levin family, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe living on New York City's Lower East Side. More

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I Want To Be A Boarder Ich Vil Zeyn a Boarder
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USA, 1937, 15 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden
35mm 16mm DVD
A lively short about a husband and wife who seek to reignite their marriage by pretending to be landlady and tenant. More

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The Jester Der Purimspiler
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Poland, 1937, 90 minutes, B&W with sepia tone and blue-green ton
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski
35mm DVD
A parade of costume, buffoonery and music, The Jester highlights both a shoemaker's scheme to marry his daughter into a prominent family as well as the festival of Purim. More


Jewish Life in Bialystock
Jewish Life in Cracow
Jewish Life in Lwow
Jewish Life in Vilna

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Poland, 1938 and 1939, each 10 minutes B&W
Yiddish with complete new English subtitles
16mm DVD
In 1938 and 1939, Shaul and Yitzhak Goskind of Warsaw-based Sektor Films produced six short films about urban Jewish communities in Poland. More


Jewish Luck Yevreiskoye Schastye / Menakhem Mendl
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USSR, 1925, 100 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Alexander Granovsky
35mm 16mm DVD
Menakhem Mendl (one of Sholem Aleichem’s characters) is a daydreaming entrepreneur who specializes in doomed strike-it-rich schemes. Despite Jewish oppression in Tsarist Russia, Mendl continues to pursue his dreams and his continued persistence transforms him from schlemiel to hero. More


Jews of the Spanish Homeland Los judíos de patria española
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Spain, 1929, 13 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles

Produced by Ernesto Giménez Caballero
35mm 16mm DVD
Shot in the 1920s, this film visits Sephardic communities in Salonika, Constantinople, Yugoslavia, and Romania as well as former centers of Jewish life in Spain. More


Jolly Paupers
Freylekhe Kabtsonim
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Poland, 1937, 62 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Leon Jeannot and Z. Turkow
35mm 16mm DVD
In this musical comedy, the comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. Thus begins a comedy of errors, including millionaire investors, American schemers, and insane asylums, with a little matchmaking on the side. More

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Kol Nidre
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USA, 1939, 88 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden
Digital Blu-ray DVD
A melodrama -with music and romance- about a girl torn between two childhood boyfriends, this film is a suprisingly risque shund Yiddish tearjerker exploring assimilation, antisemitism and gender roles. More


Laughter Through Tears Skvoz Slezy
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USSR, 1928, 92 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles
Directed by Grigori Gricher-Cherikover
35mm 16mm DVD
Like Sholem Aleichem, on whose "Motl Peysi, the Cantor's Son" and "The Enchanted Tailor" stories Laughter Through Tears is based, director Gricher leavens pathos with humor in his earthy portrait of prerevolutionary shtetl life. More


A Letter to Mother A Brivele der Mamen
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Poland, 1939, 106 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Green and Leon Trystand
35mm 16mm DVD
A tale of family disintegration and poverty that serves as a metaphor for the displacements facing European Jews in 1939. More


The Light Ahead Fishke the Lame
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USA, 1939, 94 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
35mm 16mm DVD
Impoverished and disabled lovers Fishke and Hodel dream of life in the big city of Odessa, free from the poverty and stifling old-world prejudices of the shtetl. More


The Living Orphan Der Lebediker Yusem
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USA, 1937, 97 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden
35mm DVD
This dramatic tale of immigrant hardship highlights some of the traumatic problems of the immigrant experience, including alcoholism, separation and poverty. More


Long Fliv the King
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USA, 1926, 22 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Leo McCarey
16mm DVD
This offbeat comedy from future Hollywood screwball director McCarey is about a princess who must find a husband in 24 hours or forfeit her throne. She quickly marries a condemned man—but the man is pardoned. More


Long is the Road Lang ist der Veg
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U.S.-occupied Germany, 1948, 77 minutes, B&W
Yiddish, German, Polish with new English subtitles
Directed by Herbert B. Fredersdorf & Marek Goldstein
35mm 16mm DVD
This is the first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. More


Love And Sacrifice Libe und Laydnshaft
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USA, 1936, 76 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by George Roland
35mm DVD
Based on a book by Isidore Zolotarefsky This film is a prime example of "shund", the melodramatic theatrical escapist entertainment of the Yiddish theater. More

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Mamele
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Poland, 1938, 97 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Green & Konrad Tom
16mm DVD
Mamele belongs to Molly Picon, “Queen of the Yiddish Musical,” who shines as mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeping her family intact. She's so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard! Set in Lodz, this musical comedy drama embraces the diverse gamut of interwar Jewish life in Poland, with its nogoodniks and unemployed, nightclubs and gangsters, and religious Jews celebrating Succoth. More


Mirele Efros
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USA, 1939, 80 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Berne
16mm DVD
Mirele Efros, "the Jewish Queen Lear," was the masterpiece of Ukrainian-born Jacob Gordin, an enormously influential Yiddish playwright. More


Motel the Operator
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USA, 1939, 88 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden
35mm DVD
Focusing on a labor dispute in the garment district of New York City, the film survives as an important historical document highlighting the hardships of the Jewish immigrant experience in America. More


Mothers of Today Hayntige Mames
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USA, 1939, 85 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Henry Lynn
35mm DVD
Mothers of Today includes the sole motion picture performance of radio star Esther Field, who was well-known on the radio airwaves of the 1930's as the 'Yidishe Mama.' More


Nize People
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USA, 1927, 20 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Sam Newfield
16mm
A slapstick comedy in the immigrant/vaudeville genre, Lizzie believes her necklace has been stolen, setting off a series of crazy events when Mr. O'Connor hires the "world's greatest detective," who turns out be Lunatic Louie, an escapee from an insane asylum! More

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Old Isaac, The Pawnbroker
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USA, 1908, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent
without intertitles
Directed by Wallace McCutcheon
16mm DVD
In this film, a small girl in an urban slum seeks aid for her sick and starving mother. Trying to pawn her doll, she attracts the attention of the shop’s owner old Isaacs, who later stops the men trying to evict the sick woman. More

Our Children Unzere Kinder
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Poland, 1948, 68 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Natan Gross and Shaul Goskind
35mm 16mm DVD
In this, Poland's last Yiddish feature, comedy duo Dzigan and Shumacher play all the parts in a Sholem Aleichem story for an audience of children who survived the Holocaust. More

Overture to Glory Der Vilner Balebesl
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USA, 1940, 77 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Max Nosseck
35mm 16mm DVD
Beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur, this story of a Vilna cantor seduced by the opera resonates with the voice of Moishe Oysher. More

Papa's Pest
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USA, 1928, 20 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Les Goodwins

16mm DVD
Another in the Izzie and Lizzie series, this film continues the slapstick style which explodes from a domestic comedy into a frenzy of wild action and fast chases. More

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The Return of Nathan Becker Nosn Becker Fort Aheym
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USSR, 1932, 72 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Boris Shpis and Mark Milman
35mm DVD
This rare, newly restored feature was originally advertised as "the first Yiddish talkie from Soviet Russia." The plot centers on Nathan Becker, a Jewish bricklayer... More


Romance of a Jewess
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USA, 1908, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by D.W. Griffith
16mm DVD
This early D. W. Griffith short shows the director's interest in Jewish ghetto life, portrayed here with sympathy and sentimentality. The melodramatic plot involves the conflict between generations in an immigrant Jewish family. More

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Seekers of Happiness Birobidzhan
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USSR, 1934, 84 minutes, B&W
Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Vladimir Korsh-Sablin
DVD
During the 1920s, many Jews moved to Birobidzhan, the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region on the Chinese border. This melodrama tells the story of a Jewish family’s immigration and their experiences as settlers on a collective farm in the area. More


The Singing Blacksmith Yankl Der Schmid

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USA, 1938, 95 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
35mm 16mm DVD
The Singing Blacksmith is the film version of "Yankl der Schmid," a classic 1906 drama that was one of the first Yiddish plays to offer a psychological study of physical passion. More


Singing in the Dark

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USA, 1956, 86 minutes, B&W
Directed by Max Nosseck
35mm DVD
A quirky combination of 1950s movie conventions—the musical, gangster and mystery movie—this virtually unknown independent film is one of the first American features to dramatize the Holocaust. Starring Moishe Oysher as a German concentration camp survivor suffering from traumatic amnesia who becomes a New York singing sensation. More

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Tevye
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USA, 1939, 96 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Maurice Schwartz
35mm 16mm DVD
A renowned Yiddish theater and stage actor, Maurice Schwartz's adaptation of the classic Sholem Aleichem novel, centers on Tevye's daughter Khave... More


Two Sisters Tsvey Shvester
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USA, 1938, 82 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Ben K. Blake
16mm DVD
After the death of their mother, older sister Betty works tirelessly only to see her happiness shattered when her sister and fiancée fall in love. More

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Uncle Moses
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USA, 1932, 87 minutes, b&w
Yiddish with new English subtitles

Directed by Sidney Goldin & Aubrey Scotto
16mm DVD
When poverty and persecution compel his Polish landsmen to leave their shtetl, "Uncle" Moses welcomes them to the promised land of his Lower East Side clothing factory. More


  The Unfortunate Bride Di Umgliklikhe Kale
(reedited reissue of 1926 silent Broken Hearts)

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USA, 1932, 68 minutes, b&w
Yiddish & English intertitles with music and sound sequences

Directed by Maurice Schwartz

35mm
Schwartz's film directorial debut is a film within a film where a grandfather tells his grandchildren a cautionary tale about a Jewish political dissident writer who leaves his wife in Russia... More

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  A Vilna Legend Dem Rebns Koyekh
(reissue of Tkies Kaf/The Vow, 1924)
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USA, 1933, 60 minutes, B&W
Yiddish narration with English subtitles
Directed by Zygmund Turkow (1924); George Roland (1933)
35mm 16mm DVD
Few reminders are left of the vibrant Yiddish theatrical world that flourished in Warsaw, Poland, in the 1920s. This film is one of them. More

The Vow Tkies Kaf
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Poland, 1937, 82 minutes, b&w
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Henryk Szabo

35mm DVD
Based on the same legend as S. Ansky's classic play The Dybbuk, this spirited film offers the divine intervention of Elijah and a happy ending. More

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The Wandering Jew aka The Life of Theodor Herzl
RESTORED BY NCJF
Austria, 1921, 59 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Otto Kreisler
16mm DVD
This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism. More

The Wandering Jew Der Vanderner Yid
RESTORED BY NCJF
USA, 1933, 66 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by George Roland
The Wandering Jew is a unique find: the first American feature film to depict the situation of Jews in Nazi Germany, and the only Yiddish-language film of its era to address this subject. More

We Live Again Nous Continuons
RESTORED BY NCJF
France, 1946, 53 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with some English subtitles
Produced by the Central Committee for Child Welfare of the Union of Jews for Resistance and Mutual Aid
35mm DVD
Among the first movies to deal with the subject of the Holocaust, this documentary about Jewish war orphans opened in New York in September 1948 and has rarely been seen since. More


Where is My Child? Vu iz Mayn Kind?
RESTORED BY NCJF
USA, 1937, 92 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Abraham Leff, Harry Lynn
16mm DVD
Celia Adler, doyenne of the Yiddish stage, gives a haunting performance as the film's heroine who arrives in New York in 1911at the height of mass Jewish immigration. More


Without a Home On a Heym
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Poland, 1939, 88 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Alexander Martin
16mm DVD
The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. More

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The Yiddisher Boy
PRESERVED BY NCJF
USA, 1909, 3 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Produced by the Lubin Company
16mm
Director Lubin (originally Lubszynski) was first Jewish-American filmmaker. In the film, Moses uses his last pennies to help a friend in need. 25 years later the men meet again. The film is remarkable in its depiction of tradition in the face of oppressive circumstances. More


Yizkor
RESTORED BY NCJF
Austria, 1924, 100 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
16mm DVD
Yizkor dramatizes its theme of fidelity to one's self, one's community and one's religion through a plot that revolves around hostage-taking, heroism and resistance. More


Yosl Cutler and His Puppets Kotlers Marionetn
RESTORED BY NCJF
USA, 1935, 18 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
16mm DVD
This film is a performance of one of Yosl Cutler's solo puppet shows. More

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