Join musician/composer Benjy Fox-Rosen for a series of film screenings highlighting the unique music of Yiddish cinema. The series will focus on lesser known songs that were never schlagers, but were unique musical moments captured on film- the unaccompanied singing of a mourning mother, the wailing of a cantor after he realizes the grave sin he has committed. The dramatic framework of the film allows us access to emotional, and most certainly aesthetic qualities, which cannot be found on popular commercial recordings. Each film screening will begin with a brief lecture discussing the composer, actors as well the historical and cultural contexts of the film. Series of six films. All films are in Yiddish with English subtitles. Lecture in English.
Tevye (USA, 1939)
Directed by Maurice Schwartz
Based on Sholom Aleichem’s classic stories, this dramatic masterpiece has little singing in it. The score, however, is a masterful work, mixing modern and traditional elements with the ease that only Sholom Secunda (Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn) can. Score by Sholom Secunda.