Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (2006)

Yiddish Theater: A Love Story



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Between the late '30s and 2006, the number of Yiddish stage theaters in the Big Apple sadly dwindled from twelve to one. Two of the last remaining institutions were the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, sustained for many years by Holocaust survivor Zypora Spaisman (1916-2002), and Spaisman's last remaining stage ensemble, the Yiddish Public Theatre. With his documentary Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, director Dan Katzir visits Spaisman in the final few years of her life, when the determined … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Written By: Ravit Markus, Dan Katzir
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Intriguing and entertaining despite some rough edges, Dan Katzir's documentary profits immeasurably from the ancient Spaisman's genuine charisma.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
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If you end up kvelling for these performers, the doc has served its purpose.

Full Review… | June 17, 2012
Time Out
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Given its origins, it's not surprising that Yiddish Theater: A Love Story has a catch-as-catch-can feeling to it. But nothing can take away from the flavor of being caught up in the battles and dreams of a formidable group of people.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Although the film's highly personal approach ultimately pays off in terms of heartfelt emotion -- particularly at its bittersweet conclusion -- it's hard not to wish that its focus was not quite so narrow.

November 28, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Touching, if uneven.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
New York Daily News
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Filmed in real time during the freezing winter of 2000, Yiddish Theater: A Love Story tracks eight days in the failing life of the Yiddish Public Theater.

November 21, 2007
New York Times
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