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1.

The Dybbuk

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Years after their parents had made a pledge that they would marry, a young couple meet and fall in love. The father of the young man had long before perished and the young woman's father, forgetting his vow, keeps the two apart. The young woman, Leah, is promised to another man, but Channon, the son of the father who died, is a practitioner of mysticism, and seeks to win his bride through sorcery. The film concerns unfulfilled love, broken promises, and the supernatural, as the persona of the youth enters his beloved's body and possesses her.
DVD
2005; 1937
Clemons (Stacks)
2.

Our Children

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Features the comedy duo of Dzigan and Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Yiddle With His Fiddle

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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.
DVD
2006; 1936
Clemons (Stacks)
4.

East and West: Mizreḥ Un Mayrev

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In a comedic film about assimilation and Jewish values, sophisticated New Yorker Morris Brown travels back to his village to attend his niece's traditional wedding. He brings his daughterMollie, whose hijinks include boxing and teaching other young villagers to shimmy. Mollie meets her match, however, in an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart.
DVD
2006; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
5.

Ashkenaz: The Music of the Jews From Eastern Europe

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Examines the music of East European Jews, including Yiddish folksongs, liturgical music of the synagogue, Klezmer melodies and Yiddish theater tunes. Features performances and rare vintage archival footage of Jewish life in Eastern Europe prior to World War II.
DVD
1994
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Brave Old World: Live in Concert

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A performance by the Klezmer group, Brave New World, recorded live at a concert sponsored by KlezKanada, Festival of Yiddish Culture, April 2006, Montreal.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

Freylekhe Kabtsonim: Jolly Paupers

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A musical comedy portraying the relentless efforts of two small town Jews to escape their misery and achieve fame and fortune.
DVD
2006; 1937
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Haynṭiḳe Mames: Mothers of Today

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Melodrama about a cantor's son who steals, runs off with a woman of questionable morality and even breaks his mother's heart.
DVD
2007; 1939
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

The Cantor's Son

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A young man, cafe singer by day and synagogue cantor at night, rejoins his elderly parents in his European birthplace to participate in their golden wedding anniversary festivities. Complications frustrate a budding romance with his childhood sweetheart.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

A Cantor on Trial

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"Cantor Leibele Waldman plays multiple roles in this short spoof of a synagogue committee in search of a chazan (cantor) for the High Holiday services. Cantor Waldman introduces each scene, as a Galitzianer and then a Daytsher (German) chazan audition. Displeased with what they've heard, and unable to agree, they are visited by Leibele's agent who offers them a third alternative: a modern Chazan, with 'pep and jazz, ' who can do Kol Nidre with a 'two-step' and Netaneh Tokef [sic] with a 'black bottom.'"--NCJF website.
DVD
2007; 1931
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Der Lebediker Yusem

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Believing his wife cares more for her theatrical career than for their son, a famous singer gives up his own career in New York and takes the boy to California, and the wife is unable to find them for many years.
DVD
2006; 1939
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Motel Yh Operator: Motl Der Opereyter

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"This story deals with "labor and management" struggles. It follows the effect on the family of Motel, with plenty of dramatic impact as the story of a worker's broken home unfolds."--Container.
VHS
2001; 1939
Ivy (By Request)
13.

Mamele

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Set in Lodz, Poland, Mamele embraces pre-war Polish Jewish life in all its diversity portraying tenenments, nightclubs, religious Jews celebrating the festival of Succot, unemployed Jews, and Jewish gangsters.
DVD
2006; 1938
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

The Singing Blacksmith: Yankl Der Shmid

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Yankel drinks too much and womanizes too much, but, when he finally meets a woman who appears to change all that, it may not really be the end to his high living after all.
DVD
2005; 1938; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

American Matchmaker: [Ameriḳaner Shadkhen] : With I Want to Be a Boarder = Ikh Ṿil Zayn a Border

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The story of second-generation American Jewish immigrants.; The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant.
DVD
2005; 1940; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Overture to Glory: Ṿilner Shṭoṭ Ḥazn

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The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue--played by the great, real-life cantor Moishe Oysher--leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera. He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame, fortune, and notoriety with his feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community. While performing in the Opera, he loses his voice and is forced to return to his village.
VHS
1996; 1940
Ivy (By Request)
17.

Two Sisters: Tsṿey Shṿesṭer

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Tells the story of Betty Glickstein, a young girl who promises her dying mother that she will raise her younger sister, Sally. From the young age of thirteen, Betty works tirelessly to provide her sister with every advantage, and sacrifices her own happiness, including the man she loves.
DVD
2006; 1938
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

The Komediant

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Arriving in 1924, Pesachʹke Burstein, the dancing-singing comedian,quickly became a leading figure in the Golden Era of Yiddish theater. On stage, he would meet, fall in love with and eventually marry raising star Lillian Lux. Embarking together on triumphant overseas tours as a couple, they soon became the parents of twins. Before long the children, Mike and Susan, were given stage names and accompanied their parents on tours. In time, the pressures of theatrical life would take its toll on the family.
DVD
2004; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Lang Ist Der Weg

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A forgotten classic and a film of passionate restraint, made by and about Jewish Displaced Persons. Produced in the American zone of occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view has the power of a collective self-portrait. The young hero is deported in the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, jumps an Auschwitz-bound transport to take his chances in the countryside, and ultimately survives the war with a band of Jewish partisans to search for his family in the ruins of liberated Poland.
DVD
2006; 1949
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Mirele Efros

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Berta Gersten plays Mirele, a noble, dignified widow and successful businesswoman who comes into conflict with the daughter-in-law she chose for her eldest son. Her generosity and love for her son lead to her undoing. Based on Jacob Gordin's popular Yiddish play, the film is set in turn-of-the-century Grodno. A classic study in the relations between mothers-and-daughters-in-law.
VHS
1990; 1938
Ivy (By Request)