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  • Summary: The tradition of Eastern European Jewish cantorial music is alive and well in modern America in no small part thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn-born Cantor Jacob Mendelson. "Jackie," as he is affectionately called by everyone, explores the American roots of "hazzanut"( Jewish liturgical music) while taking us on a musical voyage that spans the Atlantic, originating in his birthplace of Boro Park, Brooklyn and reaching all the way to Jerusalem. (Ergo Media) Expand
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    Both a biographical portrait and an exploration of the tradition of Jewish liturgical music in America.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Delightful documentary A Cantor's Tale casts a fond eye back at the "golden age" of chazzanut (Jewish liturgical music) and its star performers in the Brooklyn of yesteryear.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    With its outlandish stories, obsession with masculine ego, and focus on an absurd, forgotten subculture, A Cantor's Tale is the stuff Ben Stiller movies are made of: All that's missing is the part for Owen Wilson.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeanette Catsoulis
    The movie is most engaging when following Mr. Mendelson around his old neighborhood, Borough Park, which, we learn, is simply teeming with bakers whose singing is on a par with their knishes.
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  1. ErikC.
    Aug 30, 2006
    Funny, engaging, a story of a man and of music. Some of the more subdued moments may get lost at times through the humor (of which there is a plenty), but on a second viewing, one can appreciate the pathos of this great art form through the eyes of a lover and purveyor of this sacred music. Expand