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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 liturgicalThe 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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  1. 75
    Both a biographical portrait and an exploration of the tradition of Jewish liturgical music in America.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    10
    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 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. Collapse