Yiddish-language films

Posted Oct 25, 2009
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  1. Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America (1984)


    Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 American epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods, it chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City's world of organized crime. The film explores themes of childhood friendships, love, lust, greed, betrayal, loss, broken relationships, and the rise of mobsters in American society.

  2. New York, I Love You

    New York, I Love You (2008)


    New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven short films, each by a different director. The short films all relate in some way to the subject of love, and are set among the five boroughs of New York City. The film is a sequel of sorts to the 2006 film Paris, je t'aime, which had the same structure, and is the second film in the Cities of Love franchise, created and produced by Emmanuel Benbihy. Unlike Paris, je t'aime, the short films of New York, I Love You all have a unifying thread, of a videographer who films the other characters.

  3. Fugitive Pieces

    Fugitive Pieces (2007)


    Fugitive Pieces is a 2007 Canadian drama film directed by Jeremy Podeswa, who also adapted the film from the award-winning novel of the same name written by Anne Michaels. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, who is orphaned in Poland during World War II and is saved by a Greek archeologist. The film premièred 6 September 2007 as the opening film of that year's Toronto Film Festival.

  4. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)


    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American music comedy film written and produced by Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan, directed by Kasdan and starring John C. Reilly. The plot echoes the storyline of 2005's Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and 2004's Ray Charles biopic Ray; Walk Hard is also a parody of the biopic genre as a whole.

  5. The Man Who Cried

    The Man Who Cried (2000)


    The Man Who Cried is a 2000 Anglo-French film, written and directed by Sally Potter. The film stars Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Turturro.

  6. Fatal Instinct

    Fatal Instinct (1993)


    Fatal Instinct is a 1993 American erotic thriller comedy film directed by Carl Reiner. It parodies the erotic thriller movie genre, which at the time had reached its commercial peak. The film stars Armand Assante as a lawyer and cop named Ned Ravine who has an affair with a woman named Lola Cain played by Sean Young. Kate Nelligan stars as Ned Ravine's wife and Sherilyn Fenn stars as Laura Lingonberry, Ravine's secretary. The film's title is a combination of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, both of which starred Michael Douglas.

  7. Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander (1982)


    Fanny and Alexander (Swedish: Fanny och Alexander) is a 1982 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. The plot focuses on two siblings and their large family in Uppsala, Sweden in the 1900s. It was originally conceived as a four-part TV movie and cut in that version, spanning 312 minutes; a 188-minute cut version was created later for cinematic release, although this version was in fact the one to be released first. The TV version has since been released as a one-part film, and both versions have been shown in theaters throughout the world. The 312-minute cut is one of the longest cinematic films in history.

  8. American Pop

    American Pop (1981)


    American Pop is a 1981 American animated musical drama film starring Ron Thompson and produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi. It was the fourth animated feature film to be presented in Dolby sound. The film tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.

  9. A Serious Man

    A Serious Man (2009)


    A Serious Man is a 2009 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both professionally and personally, leading him to questions about his faith.

  10. In Darkness

    In Darkness (2011)


    In Darkness (Polish: W ciemności) is a 2011 Polish drama film written by David F. Shamoon and directed by Agnieszka Holland.

  11. Fritz the Cat

    Fritz the Cat (1972)


    Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American adult animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. Based on the comic strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film was the first animated feature film to receive an X rating in the United States. It focuses on Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant), an anthropomorphic feline in mid-1960s New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement, and left- and right-wing politics. Fritz the Cat is the most successful independent animated feature of all time, grossing over $90 million worldwide.

  12. Taxi!

    Taxi! (1932)


    Taxi! is a 1932 American Pre-Code film starring James Cagney and Loretta Young. The movie was directed by Roy Del Ruth.

  13. Ushpizin

    Ushpizin (2004)


    Ushpizin (Hebrew האושפיזין) (lit. "the Sukkot guests", from Aramaic ushpizin אושפיזין "guests") is a 2004 Israeli film directed by Gidi Dar and written by Shuli Rand. It starred Rand, and his wife, Michal, who had never acted before.

  14. Sleeper

    Sleeper (1973)


    Sleeper is a 1973 American futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, and directed by Allen. The plot involves the adventures of the owner of a health food store (played by Woody Allen) who is cryogenically frozen in 1973 and defrosted 200 years later in an ineptly-led police state. The film contains many elements which parody notable works of science fiction and was made as a tribute to comedians Groucho Marx and Bob Hope by Allen.

  15. Hester Street

    Hester Street (1975)


    Hester Street is a 1975 film based on Abraham Cahan's 1896 novella Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto and was adapted and directed by Joan Micklin Silver. The film stars Carol Kane, Steven Keats and Paul Freedman. In 2011, Hester Street was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

  16. Shoah

    Shoah (1985)


    Shoah is a 1985 Franco-British documentary film directed by Claude Lanzmann about the Holocaust (called the "Shoah" in Hebrew and French). The film primarily consists of his interviews and visits to German Holocaust sites across Poland, including three extermination camps. It presents testimonies by selected survivors, witnesses, and German perpetrators, often secretly recorded using hidden cameras.

  17. Waiting for the Messiah

    Waiting for the Messiah (2000)


    Waiting for the Messiah (Spanish: Esperando al mesías) is a 2000 Argentine, Spanish, and Italian comedy drama film directed by Daniel Burman. The film features Daniel Hendler, Enrique Piñeyro, Héctor Alterio, Melina Petriella, Stefania Sandrelli, Imanol Arias and Dolores Fonzi, among others.

  18. Solomon & Gaenor

    Solomon & Gaenor (1999)


    Solomon & Gaenor (Welsh: Solomon a Gaenor) is a BAFTA Awarded and Academy nominated Welsh film released in 1999 and directed by Paul Morrison. It was filmed twice, once with principal dialogue in English and once with it in Welsh.

  19. Kedma

    Kedma (2002)


    Kedma is a 2002 Israeli film directed by Amos Gitai and starring Andrei Kashkar and Helena Yaralova. It was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

  20. The Dybbuk

    The Dybbuk (1937)


    The Dybbuk (Yiddish: דער דיבוק, Der Dibbuk‎; Polish: Dybuk) is a 1937 Yiddish language Polish fantasy film drama directed by Michał Waszyński. It is based on the play The Dybbuk by S. Ansky.

  21. Green Fields

    Green Fields (1937)


    Green Fields (Yiddish: גרינע פעלדער‎, trans. Grine Felder) is a 1937 American comedy-drama directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and Jacob Ben-Ami.

  22. Trembling Before G-d

    Trembling Before G-d (2001)


    Trembling Before G-d is an 2001 American documentary film about gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews trying to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. It was directed by Sandi Simcha DuBowski, an American who wanted to compare Orthodox Jewish attitudes to homosexuality with his own upbringing as a gay Conservative Jew.

  23. Man Is a Woman

    Man Is a Woman (1998)


    Man Is a Woman (French title: L'homme est une femme comme les autres) is a 1998 French film directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann.

  24. The Yiddish King Lear

    The Yiddish King Lear (1934)


    The Yiddish King Lear (Yiddish: דער ייִדישער קעניג לירDer Yidisher Konig Lir, also known as The Jewish King Lear) was an 1892 play by Jacob Gordin, and is generally seen as ushering in the first great era of Yiddish theater in the Yiddish Theater District, in which serious drama gained prominence over operetta.

  25. The Cobbler

    The Cobbler (2014)


    The Cobbler is a 2014 American magic realism comedy-drama film directed by Thomas McCarthy and co-written with Paul Sado. The film stars Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi. It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on March 13, 2015, by Image Entertainment.

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