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Yiddle With His Fiddle : Yidl Mitn Fidl

Joseph Green; Jan Nowina-Przybylski
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Feature Films-United States; Feature Films-Poland; Foreign Language Films-Yiddish; Comedy Films; Drama; Feature Films; Fiction Films; Film Adaptations; Musical Films; Yiddish Films
2006; 1936
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.
Joseph Green
Jan Nowina-Przybylski
National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University
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.
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