The Komediant

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Released 2000

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The Komediant

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2000
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The Komediant is a 2000 Israeli documentary directed by Arnon Goldfinger that chronicles the rich history of Yiddish theatre. Made in honor of the 100th anniversary of Pesach Burstein, a famous Yiddish performer, the film details the life of the whole Burstein family. Peach Burstein and his wife Lillian Lux, their son Mike Burstyn, and their daughter Susan Burstein-Roth all honed their theatre skills in New York before traveling the world. The family acted, sang, danced, and told jokes in Yiddish, appealing to a niche market that was hungry for entertainment. The film captures the rise in popularity of Yiddish theatre as well as the eventual demise due to the Holocaust. Rare footage from Yiddish theatre in the 1930's as well as narration by Lillian Lux, Mike Burstyn, and Fyvush Finkel are highlights of the film. The Komediant was well received by critics and won the Israeli Academy's Best Documentary Award.

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Documentary

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Foreign Language, History, Culture