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National Center for Jewish Film

Overview
Works: 434 works in 765 publications in 5 languages and 7,051 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Yiddish films  History  War films  Documentary films  Comedy films  Musical films  Short films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher, Producer, Other, Author
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by National Center for Jewish Film
The man in the glass booth( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman (Schell) rules a financial empire from his Manhattan penthouse. He is given to passionate and capricious ravings on a variety of subjects. His growing paranoia, dismissed by those close to him, is confirmed when he is kidnapped by Israeli agents and brought to trial in Israel for crimes against humanity. Is he Arthur Goldman or is he Adolph Dorf, former SS colonel who headed a Nazi concentration camp? As the trial progresses, the question becomes more confusing
Die weisse Rose = The White Rose by Michael Verhoeven( Visual )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in German and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a secret society of students and their professor who printed and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets to urge German citizens to sabotage the war efforts. Their actions cost the Munich-based group their lives. Based on actual events
Sholom Aleichem's Tevya( Visual )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in Yiddish and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on Khave, one of the daughters of Tevye the Dairyman, who loves a gentile, the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Tevye's paternal affection is placed in direct conflict with his deep commitment to Jewish religious tradition
Grine felder = Green fields by Peretz Hirschbein( Visual )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Hasidic scholar leaves his studies to search the countryside for common people and a meaningful existence close to the land
The Yiddish cinema by National Center for Jewish Films( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with a brief history of Yiddish language and culture, the history of Yiddish cinema is recounted, using excerpts from Yiddish films: A Letter to Mother (1939), Tevye (1939, Jewish luck (1925), The Dybbuk (1937), Yiddle with his fiddle (1936), The Jester (1937), The Light ahead (1939), Uncle Moses (1932), Greenfields (1937), American matchmaker (1940). This documentary was produced "to augment the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective, 'Yiddish film between two worlds'."
Hungry hearts( Visual )

6 editions published between 1922 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Hollywood adaptation of the short stories of Anzia Yazierska, the fist writer to bring stories of American Jewish women to a mainstream audience. Focuses on the Levin family who emigrate from Eastern Europe to New York City. Filmed on location on the Lower East Side, this bittersweet classic captures the hopes and hardships of Jewish immigrants in the New World
Lang ist der Weg( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A forgotten classic and a film of passionate restraint, made by and about Jewish Displaced Persons. Produced in the American zone of occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view has the power of a collective self-portrait. The young hero is deported in the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, jumps an Auschwitz-bound transport to take his chances in the countryside, and ultimately survives the war with a band of Jewish partisans to search for his family in the ruins of liberated Poland
Jewish life in Wilno( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film sequences of pre-World War II Vilnius document people engaged in the rituals and realities of every day life: at work, at play, in school and in the synagogue
Jewish life in Bialystok( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the commercial, industrial and cultural center of Białystok, Poland emphasizing the city's 200-year-old Jewish community
Mutters Courage by Michael Verhoeven( Visual )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in German and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About a Hungarian Jew who escaped being deported to the Nazi's Auschwitz extermination camp in 1944. Through a mixture of courage, cunning and sudden insubordination, she manages to return to Budapest
Jewish life in Krakow( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the Kraków, Poland of 1939; includes commercial, industrial and cultural highlights, focusing on the Jews, their institutions, and their way of life
Americaner schadchen( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I want to be a boarder: The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant to spice up their marriage
The light ahead = Fishka der krimmer( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Yiddish and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The innocent, impoverished lovers, lame Fishke and blind Hodel, are beset by the superstition, prejudice and greed present in a late nineteenth century shtetl in tsarist Russia. The benevolent and enlightened bookseller Mendele helps and encourages them in their dream of escaping to a freer life in Odessa
Yidl with his fiddle( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in Yiddish and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl, dressed as a boy, goes off with her father and a band of traveling musicians into the Polish countryside. A classic Yiddish language musical-comedy
Comme un juif en France : dans la joie ou la douleur = Being Jewish in France : in joy or in sorrow by Yves Jeuland( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of the Jewish people in France starting with the trial of Alfred Dreyfus in the 19th century and ending in the present day
Our children by Shaul Goskind( Visual )

6 editions published between 1947 and 2008 in Yiddish and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the comedy duo of Dzigan and Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust
His people( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and Yiddish and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the gap between sources of respect in the old world and paths to success in the new. Two young men stray from traditions cherished by their Russian-immigrant parents, but both generations learn to accept changing circumstances and desires in order to preserve the family as a source of love and self-respect
Freylekhe Kabtsonim = Jolly paupers by Leon Feannot( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in Yiddish and English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musical comedy portraying the relentless efforts of two small town Jews trying to escape their misery and achieve fame and fortune when they think they have struck oil in a local field
Alle Juden raus! = All Jews out!( Visual )

3 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in German and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film maker travels from New York to Göppingen, Germany. He interviews many Jews who relate their recollections of the Holocaust and events leading up to it
Iskateli schastʹi︠a︡ = Seekers of happiness( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in Russian and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the late 1920s, many impoverished Jews searching for a better life made their way to Birobidzhan, the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region on the Chinese border. This melodrama tells the story of a Jewish family's immigration to Birobidzhan and their experiences as settlers on a collective farm in the area. While the family encounters hardships in adjusting to this new way of life (including son-in-law Pinya's greedy, misguided search for gold) their search for assimilation is ultimately shown as positive. While the film is essentially a Soviet propaganda piece emphasizing the utopian dream of Birobidzhan as a socialist Jewish homeland, the reality of the area was harsh and inhospitable
 
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The Yiddish cinema
Alternative Names
Brandeis University National Center for Jewish Film

Brandeis University Waltham, Mass National Center for Jewish Film

N.C.J.F.

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NCJF (National Center for Jewish Film)

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Yiddish (58)

English (17)

German (14)

Russian (4)

French (1)

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