Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mad about movies.

Thanks to Rachel, our film info is starting to make it's way into blogs.
Today I noticed we're on a blog called: Mad About Movies:

And for all those too lazy to log into that blog- here's a summary:

I’ve said before and thoroughly believe that a documentary is only as good as its subject and what could be better than an outspoken 90+ year old woman with a passion?
Earlier today someone, thanks Rachel!, sent me a link to a trailer for Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, a documentary about Zypora Spaisman, a woman who is has kept the oldest running Yiddish Theater in America alive. The documentary was shot in real time over the period of one very important week: the theater had to raise enough money in 7 days to keep the critically acclaimed show alive.

I’m not familiar with Yiddish Theater but the all knowing, and extensive, Wikipedia entry informs me that this type of theater is performed primarily by Jews in Yiddish and that it was widely performed from the late 19th century through to just before WWII. What is most impressive of this particular story is that Spaisman, herself a Holocaust survivor, continues to, even in her old age, not only support but also run the theater – which appears to be the last of its kind in NY – solely for the joy of passing on this tradition to the community.

This isn’t a topic which is particularly close to my heart but it’s hard to watch this trailer and not feel the warm and fuzzies for such an energetic lady. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Yiddish Theater: A Love Story opens in New York on November 21st and in LA on November 30th. I hope it gets a bit of a wider distribution or a nice DVD release down the road. I’d love the chance to cozy up with Spaisman.

I suggest you take a little clickity click over to the film’s official website for loads of additional information.

Check out the trailer after the jump!

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