Sallah Shabati (1964)
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Critic Reviews for Sallah Shabati
One of the most popular films in the history of Israeli cinema, this Oscar-nominated comedy catapulted Topol to international fame, resulting in his getting the title role of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Audience Reviews for Sallah Shabati
It's very interesting that I watched this film recently, mainly because it could be really relevent to the situation in Israel right now, regarding immigration. "Sallah Shabati" is a very warm-hearted comedy, which just tells the story of one man who wants to be successful in his new home, and for his family to be safe as well. Jews all over the world are starting to movie into the new state of Israel, including one man and his family, from Morocco. Topol plays the father, and though he isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, he still means well. His goal is to have everlasting happiness in Israel, and he will do anything to get it. He lives in the local village for new immigrants, and he works his way up. It's an interesting concept, and it puts things in perspective to Israel's immigration situation. The acting is pretty good, and it's a good blend of humor, and a little drama in all the right places. Topol was pretty excellent. Throughout the entire movie, he really did impress me. Sure he made me laugh a bunch of times, but when he got upset, that really made me tear up. He truly was a good actor. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well. It's not a phenomenal picture, but it really has a good message. The entire movie had this great entertainment value, mainly regarding the personalities of all the characters. It really was a treat to watch. I recommend "Sallah Shabati."
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