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Selected Screenings

OMANUT - Galicia festival -live music by Karin Weissberg; Zurich (2017)
Gainesville Jewish Film Festival (2015)
YaD Arts and JW3, London (2014)
Yiddish Film Festival, Segal Centre; Montreal (2013)
Jewish Museum in Prague, Spanish Synagogue; Prague (2012)
Religion Today Film Festival, Torino Italy (2012)
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival (2012)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival -Out of Festival Screening (2009)
Pacific Film Archive (2009)
Jewish Museum London (2009)
Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Vienna Film Archive (2008)
Barbican Center for the Arts, London (2008)
Museum of Art and History of Judaism, Paris (2008)
Cape Town/ Johannesburg Yiddish Film Festival (2008)
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, New York (2007)
YaD Arts, London JCC (2006)
Montreal Jewish Film Festival (2002)
High Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2000)
Centre Audiovisual De Paris, France (2000)
Stockholm Jewish Film Festival (1999)
Berliner Film Kunsthaus Babylon, Berlin, Germany (1998)

Selected Screenings

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 (the incomparable Molly Picon) for a family wedding. The bride, daughter of his traditionally observant brother, and Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, could not be more different. But Mollie unexpectedly meets her match, an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart.

East and West features classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is veteran filmmaker Goldin's affectionate appreciation of differences, for good-natured comedy shapes his portrayal of worldly Jews encountering traditional shtetl life.

Critical Acclaim

"East and West is a light comedy, one of the great number of Yiddish films turned out in the 1920s to entertain an audience on both sides of the Atlantic. With broad strokes and plenty of self-parody, it raises the issue of modernity."
-1989 Boston Jewish Film Festival

"There are many scenes that allow Ms. Picon to shine. With her big, laughing eyes and her Clara Bow mouth, she is most appealing... The film effectively contrasts the lifestyles of the two families and can be used to stimulate a lively discussion about assimilation and Jewish values."
-Medium, No. 30, Winter 1984

NCJF Film Restoration

Restoration was completed with funding from American Film Institute Film Preservation Program and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Paul Potash.

1982, 1991 Restorations © The National Center for Jewish Film
Executive Director Sharon Pucker Rivo
Associate Director Miriam Saul Krant
Technical Director Rich Pontius
Laboratory John E.Allen, Inc.

1991 Original Soundtrack
Score produced and developed by Henry Sapoznik
Arranged and performed by Peter Sokolow
Record and mixed at GB Sound by Gady Bodinger

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Also with Molly Picon

Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women


Yiddle with His Fiddle

Also directed by Sidney M. Goldin

A Cantor on Trial

The Cantor's Son (Uncredited)

His Wife's Lover

Uncle Moses



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East and West
Ost und West

Austria, 1923, 85 minutes, B&W Silent with English and Yiddish intertitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
and Ivan Abramson

with new English intertitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film

DVD includes original musical score produced and developed by Henry Sapoznik; Arranged and performed by Peter Sokolow

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