Portraits of two beloved icons--Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel--are woven together in this enchanting documentary from 2014 . The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.
This award-winning film combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's remarkable life and work.
Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spanned more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, was also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem's work. Bikel, who passed away in 2015, played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times. Bikel animated Aleichem's work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author.
A pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of indelible characters. His Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor's Son, and Menachem Mendl--"shtetl Jews" for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin--remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined. Director John Lollos. 75 minutes.
Before the film beloved klezmer musician Emil Goldschmidt is going to give us a talk about Jewish musicals.