Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011)



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A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Dorman
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On DVD: Mar 11, 2013
Box Office: $0.9M
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Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.

Full Review… | February 24, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Audiences interested in Jewish literature will find Laughing in the Darkness compelling for its deep analysis of Aleichem's works, featuring a selection of experts and the writer's granddaughter, Bel Kaufman.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Toronto Star
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[An] absorbing PBS-style documentary.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Throughout the film, Dorman uses ethnographic and silent-cinema footage, along with ubiquitous klezmer music, to paint a picture of the era.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A rich, winning documentary...

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Arizona Republic
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The film adroitly sets the writer's works, his triumphs and tribulations, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period for European Jewry.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Seattle Times
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