“film”

Review

Review of Jonah Corne and Monika Vrečar's Yiddish Cinema: The Drama of Troubled Communication

Rebecca Margolis

Yiddish Cinema: The Drama of Troubled Communication suggests innovative and fruitful ways that scholarship in media studies can be applied to Yiddish cinema.

Blog

Yiddish and the Jewish Voice in The Zone of Interest

Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Whether or not The Zone of Interest is a good film does not hinge on the usage of a minute-long melody. But I do believe its employment tells us the film was impeccably researched by a Jewish director with a clear vision for who ought to say what, and when.

Review

Review of Sasha Senderovich's How the Soviet Jew Was Made

Nobuto Sato

In this recently-published study, Senderovich challenges this fixed notion of the Soviet Jew, and recounts a complex prehistory of the Soviet Jew in the immediate context of interwar Soviet culture.

Blog

Samy Szlingerbaum’s Heymish Avant-Garde Kino der Mamen: Mysteries, Music, & Immigrant Life in “Brussels Transit”

Eve Sicular

Eve Sicular offers an exegesis of Samy Szlingerbaum's recently restored autobiographical cinematic masterpiece, which depicts a Jewish family’s displacement in the aftermath of World War II.

Blog

Not Just Talking Heads: Yiddish and Jewish Eastern Europe in Recent Documentary Films

Sandra Chiritescu

The multilingual and international scope of this list of documentaries produced since 2015 is a testament to the contemporary vibrancy of Yiddish culture across the globe.

Article

Orphaned Words: Yiddish, English, and Child Speech in Postwar Cinema

Hannah Pollin-Galay

Is there a Jewish way of not saying things? In facing crises in language during the immediate post-Holocaust years, filmmakers in English and Yiddish made choices about how to balance repair and critique.

Pedagogy

Beyond Fiddler: Teaching Representations of Jewish Eastern Europe on Film

Sarah Ellen Zarrow

Sarah Zarrow discusses and reflects on her course "Representing Jewish Eastern Europe in Film" in which she asks students to think historically about the images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, using films as primary sources that speak not only to a historical reality of their subject matter, but that also to the ideology and historical circumstances of the filmmaker and of Jewish life in the time and place the film was made.

Review

Charlie, [gesturing to Fascist General Franco on screen] fucking swine isn’t he?

William Pimlott

William Pimlott reviews Gill Tofell's Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Interwar Britain and Alan Dein's Music is the most beautiful language in the World: Yiddisher Jazz in London’s East End 1920s-1950s.

Pedagogy

Yiddish Film Activities for the Language Classroom: Teaching with Mamele

Rebecca Margolis

Using a short scene from the 1938 film Mamele (dir. Joseph Green, Konrad Tom), Rebecca Margolis demonstrates how short excerpts of Yiddish films can be used to address specific aspects of Yiddish dialect, grammar and idiom, and translation in the Yiddish language classroom. 

Blog

"They Have Their Own Language, Literally": A Review of One of Us

Shayna Weiss

Shayna Weiss reviews One of Us, a Netfix documentary directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady that follows the lives of three ex-Hasidim. 

Blog

Yiddish-language Feature Menashe Premieres at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

Raphael Koenig

Menashe offers an intimate glimpse inside Hasidic Borough Park. 

Article

New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

Rebecca Margolis

The study of Yiddish cinema gets updated for the twenty-first century, Margolis explores how the language is being used in film in the last decade. 

Pedagogy

Integrating Yiddish Materials in a Jewish Day School Environment

Jessica Kirzane

A discussion of how Feygi Zylberman, a middle school History and Jewish Studies teacher at a Progressive Jewish community day school in Melbourne, Australia, employs Yiddish in her classroom, with a worksheet to use alongside the divorce scene in the film Hester Street (1975).