SKU 3439

THE YIDDISH KING LEAR (1935) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Harry Thomashefsky Writers: Abraham Armband, Jacob Gordin (play) Stars: Esther Adler, Jacob Bergreen, Miriam Grossman

During Seder, the pious, patriarchal father of three daughters announces, that he's dividing his fortune among them and going to Jerusalem to live out the remaining days of his life.  The father refuses to listen to the warning from his virtuous daughter, who defied his authority by becoming a student in St. Petersburg.  Soon, the scheming of one son-in-law and the self-righteous indolence of another soon results in poverty and disgrace for the father.  There will be lots of pain and agony --- especially for the viewers --- before the moral of the story reveals itself.

DVD-R is in Yiddish with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 83 mins. + a 13 min. contemporary newsreel.  Unsharp and "wavy" film quality (see sample).


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