|Arbeter Ring | Workmen's Circle * 1525 South Robertson * Los Angeles
Date: Sunday, August 12
Time: 5:00 p.m.
VOICES FROM THE SILENCE
Celebrating Yiddish Creativity in the Soviet Union
presents a free screening of
the classic 1925 silent film
Jewish Luck (Yidishe glik)
Introduced by Kenneth Turan,
Los Angeles Times & NPR's Morning Edition film critic
Sunday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Arbeter Ring | Workmen's Circle
1525 South Robertson
Kenneth Turan will introduce this Yiddish film masterpiece from the silent era to celebrate the achievements of Yiddish culture in the Soviet Union on the 60th anniversary of the execution of 13 leading Soviet Yiddish cultural figures.
Yidishe glik is based on Sholem Aleichem's satiric stories of Menakhem Mendl, the hapless brother-in-law of Tevye, and stars the leading Yiddish actor Shloyme Mikhoels. Mikhoels is perhaps best known for his portrayal of King Lear in Yiddish--and you can see a (somewhat fuzzy) clip of his performance HERE. His murder in 1948 in a staged car accident in Minsk marked the start of a wave of arrests of prominent Jews, leading to the 1952 executions.
Directed by Alexander Granovsky, whose later films in Germany and France starred a pantheon of film greats, the film's cinematographer was Eduard Tisse, who collaborated with master director Sergei Eisenstein in many of his greatest films. The film's titles were written by the famed Russian-Jewish writer, Isaak Babel, who was also purged in Stalin's Great Terror. English subtitles will be provided.
The event is free to the public, sponsored by the Committee to Celebrate Modern Soviet Yiddish Culture, involving Arbeter Ring|Workmen's Circle of Southern California, the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, the Sholem Community, and Yiddishkayt.