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Yiddle With His Fiddle : Yidl Mitn Fidl

Joseph Green; Jan Nowina-Przybylski
Format
Online; Online Video; Video
Type
Feature Films-United States; Feature Films-Poland; Foreign Language Films-Yiddish; Comedy Films; Drama; Feature Films; Fiction Films; Film Adaptations; Musical Films; Yiddish Films
Date
2006; 1936
Duration
1:35:47
Summary
From the National Center for Jewish Film Seeking to help her aging father and finding few options of young women in the shtetl, Molly/Yiddle disguises herself as a boy to join a band of klezmorim. Filmed in Poland in 1936. Director Joseph Green returned to his native Poland from America to produce this film, the most commercially successful musical in the history of the Yiddish cinema, starring Molly Picon, consummate comedienne of Yiddish theater, vaudeville, and film. This is the classic folk comedy about a man and his daughter who, penniless, decide to become travelling musicians. The daughter disguises herself as a boy to relieve her father's anxiety about unforseeable problems that could befall a young woman "out in the world." They then join together with "another" father-son duo for music, comedy and romance. Green's original screenplay was enhanced by the folksy lyrics of Yiddish poet Itzik Manger and the memorable musical score of Abraham Ellstein, as well as the talents of Leon Leibold, the romantic lead who later starred in The Dybbuk and Tevye, and Max Bozyk, a character actor par excellence. Breaking away from the studio-bound cinematography of the early Yiddish talkies, Yiddle with His Fiddle was shot on location in the picturesque town of Kazimierz and nearby Warsaw. With shtetl inhabitants as extras, the film captures the vitality and invincible spirit of traditional small town Jewish life.
Director
Joseph Green
Jan Nowina-Przybylski
Publisher
National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University
Language
Yiddish
English
Notes
Green Films presents ; screen play by Joseph Green ; directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski ; produced by Green-Film (Warsaw, Poland).
From the original story by Konrad Tom.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1936. Copyright renewed in 1991.
Music, Abraham Ellstein ; lyrics, I. Manger ; photography, Jack Jani�owic
Molly Picon, M. Bo�yk, S. Landau, S. Fostel, L. Liebgold, M. Brin, D. Fakiel, A. Kur
Yiddish with English subtitles.
Collection
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