The Komediant

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  • Summary: A documentary on the life and career of Yiddish actor Pasach Burstein and his family.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Elegantly constructed, deceptively complex documentary.
  2. Reflect the robust status of Yiddish theater in the early 20th century, and its post-Holocaust decline.
  3. 80
    A linguistic stew with a zesty, homemade flavor that belies its carefully researched preparation.
  4. 70
    The Komediant's most deeply moving aspect lies in its misty memories of the glory years of the Yiddish theater, when an ethnic group rallied against its attempted decimation by forming allegiances and openly celebrating its culture.
  5. Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history, spanning from Russia to the New York Catskills.
  6. As informative and packed with cultural lore as it is, The Komediant is dramatically diffuse.
  7. 25
    The documentary's director, Arnon Goldfinger, may have had a chance of expanding on the limited audience for such a film if said clan, the Bursteins, exhibited either talent or likability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1

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