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The glory days of the Yiddish stage are brought to life in this funny saga of a legendary theatrical family, the Bursteins.
Arriving in New York in 1924, Pesachke Burstein, the dancing-singing comedian, quickly became a leading figure in the Golden Era of Yiddish theater. On stage, he met and fell in love with rising star Lillian Lux who would become his wife. Embarking together on triumphant overseas tours as a couple, soon the Bursteins became the parents of twins, Mike and Susan, who before long were given stage names and accompanied their parents regularly on stage as the family performed around the globe. In time, however, the pressures of theatrical life would take its toll on the family. Smoothly incorporating rare archival footage and interviews with Yiddish stage veterans (including Fyvush Finkel), this tightly edited, briskly paced documentary is as richly bittersweet filled with laughter and tears, schmaltz and grit as the Yiddish theater itself.
the komediant is a wonderfull film, especialy all the family Burstyn and of course The Yidish language. than you!!!!!Published 25 days ago by uri buchalter
Funny, sad and touching, this documentary is about a Yiddish theater comedian who came to New York and prospered as an entertainer and in life in an America that allowed people to... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Richard C. Katz