Third Annual Yiddish Film Festival Day 1

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Date(s) - 01/12/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Jewish Heritage Museum


Overture to Glory (Der Vilner Balebesl).  This 1940 American film, in black and white with English subtitles, was directed by Max Noseck. The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue, played by the great real-life cantor Moishe Oysher, leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera. He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame and notoriety with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community. Featuring perhaps the most convincing scenes of synagogue life in any fiction film, Overture to Glory begins during the morning service of Rosh Hashanah and ends at Kol Nidre, making the story a sort of redemptive journey during the days of awe.

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