Klezmer on Fish Street (2004)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Poland was once a hub of European Jewish culture, and in recent years, the nation has witnessed a rebirth of interest in Jewish music and art, as well as increased awareness of the issues and legacy of the Holocaust. But, while a new generation of Poles have embraced klezmer, the upbeat Yiddish folk-dance music often called "Jewish jazz," the fact is that, in the wake of the Axis pogroms of World War II and continued immigration, there are precious few Jews still remaining in Poland, and the few
Dec 31, 2004 Wide
Castle Hill Productions
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Unfortunately, in this amateurish, muddled film, the issues are poured out in a jumble of unexplained puzzle pieces that are never put together.
Laughably bad visuals, haphazard and un-reasoned interviews and discussions, and ill-conceived tangents.
Fascinating subject and rousing wall-to-wall Klezmer music strongly sell an otherwise rather questionably structured film.
An undercooked concept, ineptly executed.
Yale Strom offers an important addition to his collection of Jewish history movies.
After all the squirming and twisting, the film never secures a strong grip on its subject.
The worthy subject -- Poland's recent Jewish revival -- is simply ill-served by Yale Strom's meandering, often incoherent documentary.
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