Yiddish Theater: A Love Story

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  • Summary: This heart warming story of one unique woman's struggle portrays the fight of both an old art form to stay relevant and an old actress to find meaning and a stage in a society that worships youth. Shot in real time in one of the coldest winters in NY, Zypora's theater has one week to raiseThis heart warming story of one unique woman's struggle portrays the fight of both an old art form to stay relevant and an old actress to find meaning and a stage in a society that worships youth. Shot in real time in one of the coldest winters in NY, Zypora's theater has one week to raise funding to keep their show going. Many miracles occur during this week. But will they be enough to save this critically acclaimed Yiddish show? (New Love Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The film is by turns cranky, funny, wistful and resolute.
  2. [A] wistful and moving portrait of quixotically dedicated artisans playing to half-empty houses, struggling for solvency and relevance — which renders it not just a movie about a theater in particular, but about the theater in general.
  3. 70
    Lively talking heads lay out the reasons for the decay of Yiddish culture...What's missing from this gentle homage...is a sense of the joyful heyday of Yiddish theater, and the richness it brought to the artistic life of Manhattan.
  4. Katzir's documentary is as much a labor of love as Spaisman's theater, and it's often rough around the edges.
  5. This is an important New York story, and Spaisman makes an inspiring subject.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    60
    Its extremely narrow focus on the death throes of an art form, rather than the art itself, limits its appeal.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    Yiddish Theater: A Love Story is a slight but moving documentary focusing on the final performances given by Zypora Spaisman, the Polish-born star of New York’s Yiddish theater.

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