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Goldstein (1964)






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The Hebrew prophet Elijah (played by Lou Gilbert) comes from Lake Michigan--rather than Gilead of Biblical legend--into the city of Chicago in the appearance of an elderly tramp. He proceeds to wander about, coming into contact with various characters and their assorted problems. Among those who meet him are a sculptor, the sculptor's pregnant ex-girlfriend, a violinist/beggar and the like. Even the Chicago author Nelson Algren appears onscreen as himself, pondering the difficult choices an artist must face. After his many adventures throughout the city of Chicago, Elijah vanishes back into the lake. Though interpretations of this work vary, it is most likely a retelling of the Biblical story in modern times. Regardless of symbolism or metaphor, Goldstein successfully captured the attention of critics at the time of its release. This was the first film for screenwriters/directors Benjamin Manaster and Philip Kaufman. Kaufman would go on to direct and/or write such critically acclaimed features such as Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Right Stuff (1983) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Benjamin Manaster, Philip Kaufman, Benjamin Manaster
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006


Lou Gilbert
as Old Man
Jack Burns
as Truck Driver / Polic...
Thomas Erhart
as Sculptor
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Critic Reviews for Goldstein

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

This is the rare experimental film that's visually alive, spiritually welcoming, and funny even when it's brooding.

Full Review… | October 17, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

March 5, 2013

Audience Reviews for Goldstein

Jean Renoir & Truffaut loved this, but for me it was like 3 art movies clashing, & it was boring the first viewing

Adam Mahler

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