The Komediant (film)

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The Komediant
Directed by Arnon Goldfinger
Produced by Amir Harel
Written by Oshra Schwartz
Cinematography Yoram Millo
Distributed by Zebra Productions, Ltd
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Israel
Language Yiddish

The Komediant is an Israeli documentary film of 2000 directed by Arnon Goldfinger and written by Oshra Schwartz which recalls the life, and careers of the Burstein family of Yiddish theatre: Pesach Burstein, his wife Lillian Lux, his son Mike Burstyn and daughter Susan Burstein-Roth. It received the prestigious Israeli Academy's Best Documentary Award, and chronicles one of the most visible families of the Yiddish theater in America. The film was made in honor of the 100th birth anniversary of Pesach Burstein in 1996. It contains rare footage of Yiddish theater from the 1930s onwards (especially of the productions of Megilla of Itzik Manger, and A Khasene in Shtetl) and has several guest narrators, including Lillian Lux, Mike Burstyn, and Fyvush Finkel.

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