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Sholem Aleichem [videorecording]: Laughing in the Darkness

a film by Joseph Dorman
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest.
Director
Joseph Dorman
Performers
With commentaries from Bella Kaufman (Aleichem's 100-year-old granddaughter), Aaron Lansky of the Yiddish Book Center, and Professor Ruth Wisse of Harvard University.
Release Date
2012
Run Time
93 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
Laughing in the darkness
Published
New York : Filmakers Library, 2012.
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured.
Description
1 videodisc (93 min) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD.
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