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MOTEL THE OPERATOR (Motl) (1939) * with hard-encoded English subtitles

Joseph Seiden Writer: Chaim Tauber (play) Stars: Chaim Tauber, Seymour Rechzeit, Yetta Zwerling

Cinematically unique, this tragic drama highlights the hardships faced by early Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the 19th into the 20th Century; especially in the garment district of New York City.  Motl, a loving husband and new father, struggles to eke out a living for himself and his family in New York's garment district.  Eventually, he ends up leading a strike for better working conditions.  When he ends up severely injured by strikebreakers, his wife and infant son are left destitute.  Desperate to save her starving child, his wife Esther gives him up for adoption.

DVD-R is in Yiddish with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 87 mins. + a 3 min. contemporary newsreel.  See film sample for audio and video quality.

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Motel (1)