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The Komediant Reviews

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June 6, 2004
Gives the viewer a pleasant taste for the Yiddish theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2002
Less-than-compelling documentary of a Yiddish theater clan.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2002
... 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.
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October 4, 2002
The Komediant is a tale worth catching.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 22, 2002
Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 5, 2002
A sharp and quick documentary that is funny and pithy, while illuminating an era of theatrical comedy that, while past, really isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2002
Slight but enjoyable documentary.
May 24, 2002
The film sparkles with the the wisdom and humor of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 23, 2002
This rich, bittersweet Israeli documentary, about the life of song-and-dance-man Pasach'ke Burstein and his family, transcends ethnic lines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 23, 2002
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.
April 11, 2002
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 | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2002
What might have been a predictably heartwarming tale is suffused with complexity.
April 5, 2002
A dream of a documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2002
As charming, humorous and heimisch as its nomadic subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 5, 2002
Alas, the black-and-white archival footage of their act showcases pretty mediocre shtick.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 4, 2002
Makes one thing abundantly clear. American musical comedy as we know it wouldn't exist without the precedent of Yiddish theater, whose jolly, fun-for-fun's-sake communal spirit goes to the essence of Broadway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 4, 2002
A gentle blend of present day testimonials, surviving footage of Burstein and his family performing, historical archives, and telling stills.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
April 2, 2002
A linguistic stew with a zesty, homemade flavor that belies its carefully researched preparation.
March 14, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 26, 2002
Rife with the rueful, wry humor springing out of Yiddish culture and language.
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