The Komediant (2000)



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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for The Komediant

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Slight but enjoyable documentary.

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2002
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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2002
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.

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

April 10, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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