The golden age of 2nd Avenue [videorecording] /
a film by Morton Silverstein ; a presentation of the Independent Production Fund ; written and directed by Morton Silverstein.
Special 40th anniversary ed.
New York, NY : Distributed by Sisu Home Entertainment, 2009.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
1560865881, 9781560865889
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New York, NY : Distributed by Sisu Home Entertainment, 2009.
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credits note
Senior writer-director, Morton Silverstein ; original producer, Arthur Cantor ; executive producer, Alvin H. Perlmutter ; principal cinematographer, Edmund Bert Gerard ; original music composed and conducted by Arthur Abrams.
general note
Originally aired on public television 2008.
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Host, Herschel Bernardi ; introduction, Theodore Bikel.
Host Herschel Bernardi takes a look at the birth of the Jewish-American culture, and the Yiddish theater in America. Includes an introduction by Theodore Bikel.
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English dialogue with option English subtitles; closed-captioned.
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DVD, full screen (4x3), NTSC.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-02-01:
This fascinating and moving documentary originally produced for public television in 1969 chronicles the importance and variety of Yiddish theater and film to New York's immigrants in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Actor Herschel Bernardi (son of Yiddish theater actors) compellingly narrates the story of the rise and fall of the genre, presented via black-and-white emotion-filled footage, still photos, and recordings. Films made in Yiddish are excerpted, making the viewer aware, for perhaps the first time, of the real sense of the greatness of these actors and singers. The documentary spends most of its time on the "Golden Age" in the early 1930s and how it was influenced by changes in art, philosophy, and politics. The genre faded as younger Jews were encouraged to assimilate and eschewed their mama loschen (mother tongue). The film is now a bit dated, but the lack of material on this subject makes it essential for most libraries.-B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara Lib. Syst., Goleta, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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