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A Tickle in the Heart (1997)

Max Epstein , Julius Epstein , Stefan Schwietert  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Max Epstein, Julius Epstein, William Epstein (II), Joel Rubin, Gary Lawrence (III)
  • Directors: Stefan Schwietert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, Yiddish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTVT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Tickle in the Heart" on IMDb

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  • Music recommendations
  • A brief history of klezmer
  • Bonus short: Two Weddings
  • Photo gallery
  • Trailers

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A Tickle in the Heart captures the past, present, and future of the remarkable Epstein brothers - Max, Julie and Willie - Klezmer music legends on a joyous international comeback tour. This is a cinematic party with three of the funniest men in the show business. The Epsteins are natural performers, and their sense of life, music and family as they tour through places they love - from Poland to Brooklyn to Florida - is as life affirming and intoxicating as the joyous music they play. A Tickle in the Heart is a uniquely American story that has the elegant, polished feel of a European art film. It honors the Epstein brothers with the wide-eyed admiration they deserve.


A hearty helping of some of the world's liveliest and most poignant folk music! Riveting to the eye with filmmaking of unusual visual riches, this documentary is one from the heart. --Lawrence Van Gilder, New York Times

Thoroughly captivating! As spicy, filling and homey as one of your grandmother's lovingly prepared old-country meals. Irresistible music and irresistibly earthy personalities! --Michael Medved, New York Post

Affects you like a sweet, potent wine, leaving you enlightened, and sated. --The New Yorker

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful insight into the world of Klezmer music. December 26, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
Incredible documentary. Beautifully directed, honest and compelling. An intimate look into the lives of the Epstein Brothers, pioneers in the kletzmer music phenomenon in America and still working the circuit. Shot in Florida, NY and Europe. What a wonderful group, what wonderful music. Never descends into the schmaltzy, always perfect. Try it, you'll want to see it a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Personal Film To Me March 14, 2010
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This will be a very different review because this video, that I came across by accident on YouTube, is one I had to own. The reason is simple -- I knew the Epstein Brothers and they played at my wedding.

When I was a kid growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the Epstein's owned and operated a music school on Bay Parkway -- The Marlboro Institute of Music and Dance was the name as I recall. It was about two blocks from where I then lived on West 8th Street. When I finally convinced my parents to get me a guitar and let me take lessons, there was only one place -- the music school operated by the four Epstein Brothers: Max, Willie, Julie and Isadore (known as Chi).

Well, to be truthful, I was not very good at learning to play guitar (I still only can doodle on a Washburn acoustic and non-name clone of a Fender Strat electric) but I was adept at keeping anything electric or electronic running. And over the years I helped keep audio coming out of the various amplifying devices at their school -- and we became close friends. And so it was -- back in 1971 -- that when Sharon and I set our wedding date -- that there was no other band that I would even consider hiring.

Have you ever been to a wedding where the band got a standing ovation? Well, that's what happened at ours. They literally played their heats out and we consider having them there as one of the true highlights of our wedding day.

I lost track of them when we relocated to Los Angeles in 1972. By the time we made our first trip back to "da Big Apple" their music school was gone. It was not until I came across the film that I learned the rest of the story. That they had moved to South Florida to retire but happenstance built them a second career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic! June 13, 2013
By Regina
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It is a delightful travel to music, emotions, remembrances, memories, information about their lives and how they were affected by what was going on in the world... and more music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "MUST HAVE AND SEE" FOR ANY REAL KLEZMER FANS ... October 2, 2014
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