Love and Sacrifice
Libe und Laydnshaft

USA, 1936, 76 minutes, b&w
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by George Roland

with new English subtitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film

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Public Exhibition Formats: 35mm, Beta


Based on the novel Love and Passion by Isidore Zolotarefsky Love and Sacrifice is a prime example of "shund", the melodramatic theatrical escapist entertainment of the Yiddish theater. It opened at the Clinton Theater April 7, 1936 and was held over three weeks as the most popular Yiddish movie the Clinton had shown to date.

Produced by Joseph Seiden over two days in a loft in New York City on a miniscule budget, this tale of a middle-class matron who shoots the man who compromises her was a tremendous success. The story of a long-suffering mother who goes to prison for shooting a would-be suitor employs many archetypes of Yiddish theater. From the conflict between the sacrificing mother and the homewrecking schemer, to the reunion of parent and child at a celebratory wedding the film provides a classic example of the Yiddish-American cinema.

Selected Screenings

Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Vienna Film Archive (2008)
New York Jewish Film Festival (2007)
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2001)

NCJF Film Restoration

Preservation and restoration was made possible by The Millennium Project - Treasures of the American Film Archives of the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Film Preservation Foundation, Rita and Stanley H. Kaplan Foundation with additional support from Brandeis University, Sheldon Feinberg and The Massachusetts Cultural Council


Director/ Producer Joseph Green
Screenplay Mendel Osherwitz, Joseph Green, Leon Tristan, Anatol Stern
Art Director Rotmil Goldman, Morris Goldman
Film Editor J.M. Neuman
Photography Seweryn Steinwurzel

2000 Restoration © The National Center for Jewish Film
Executive Director Sharon Pucker Rivo
Associate Director Miriam Saul Krant
Technical Director Rich Pontius
Translator Daniella HarPaz
Title Animation Frame Shop
Laboratory Cinema Arts, Inc

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Also Directed by George Roland

A Vilna Legend

The Wandering Jew

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