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THE POWER OF LIFE (Die Kraft von Leben) (1938) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Henry Lynn Writers: Henry Stuart, Isidore Zolotarefsky (as Isidor Solotorefsky) Stars: Michal Michalesko, Berthe Hart, Morris Strassberg
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Nathan Rabinovitz, a bookkeeper for the Feinberg Dress Company, devotes his spare time to his inventions.  One day, he's offered $3,000 for one of his inventions and he promises to decide whether to sell or not by the end of the next day.  When he learns that Sam Schindler, his daughter Leah's fiancee, needs $500 to avoid going to jail for embezzling money, Nathan visits Sam's father, who flatly refuses to loan his son the money to avoid prison.  Nathan argues that the power of life comes through finding happiness in one's children's lives and that parents mustn't forget their obligations to their children (three guesses which man's children are going to be living in the basement for twenty years while paying off their student loans).  Schindler has a ready answer for Nathan, though:  Sam stole from his account and few children really love their parents.  In fact, he says, children and the enemies of their parents (guess whose children ended up working summers and attending community college).

DVD-R is in Yiddish with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 90 mins. + a 4 min. newsreel.  Unsharp, soft and lines running throughout the film  (see sample)

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