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The Komediant

The Komediant (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Wistful and melancholy recollections of Yiddish theatre are conveyed in this documentary, which centers on the story of the Burstein family. The family honed their talents in New York and eventually became stars of the genre as they traveled around the world, acting, singing, dancing and telling jokes in Yiddish. The film also chronicles the history of Yiddish theatre, from its beginnings to its eventual decline brought on by the Holocaust.

Aug 24, 2004

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Slight but enjoyable documentary.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The film sparkles with the the wisdom and humor of its subjects.

May 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This rich, bittersweet Israeli documentary, about the life of song-and-dance-man Pasach'ke Burstein and his family, transcends ethnic lines.

May 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's their familial ups and downs that shift this small, stubbornly poignant documentary ... from the realm of special-interest audiences to the more universal theater of family psychodynamics.

April 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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What might have been a predictably heartwarming tale is suffused with complexity.

April 10, 2002
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Gives the viewer a pleasant taste for the Yiddish theater.

June 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Less-than-compelling documentary of a Yiddish theater clan.

December 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

... a light, yet engrossing piece. Lux, now in her eighties, does a great combination act as narrator, Jewish grandmother and subject - taking us through a film that is part biography, part entertainment and part history.

November 30, 2002 Full Review
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

The Komediant is a tale worth catching.

October 4, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

A sharp and quick documentary that is funny and pithy, while illuminating an era of theatrical comedy that, while past, really isn't.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

While centered on the life experiences of a particular theatrical family, this marvelous documentary touches -- ever so gracefully -- on the entire history of the Yiddish theater, both in America and Israel.

May 23, 2002
New Times

A dream of a documentary.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A gentle blend of present day testimonials, surviving footage of Burstein and his family performing, historical archives, and telling stills.

April 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's not so much enjoyable to watch as it is enlightening to listen to new sides of a previous reality, and to visit with some of the people who were able to make an impact in the theater world.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Rife with the rueful, wry humor springing out of Yiddish culture and language.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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