Hava Nagila (The Movie) 2012 NR CC

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A documentary on the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish standard that follows the around-the-world journey of the song from Ukraine to Youtube.

Starring:
Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell
Runtime:
1 hour, 13 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary, Comedy
Director Roberta Grossman
Starring Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell
Supporting actors Connie Francis, The Klezmatics, Danny Maseng, Leonard Nimoy, Rusty Schwimmer, Regina Spektor
Studio Katahdin Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet S. on March 31, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie previewed at KlezKamp, held annually during Christmas week (when else?)in the Catskills (where else?) One section was filmed a KlezKamp 2011. I laughed til I cried.The work brings up so many memories of Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, and alot of the stars of the '50s and '60's who recorded Hava Nagila, successfully and not so successfully. Why do many Jews, especially those who are musicians, hate and resent this song? Find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4iandC on January 9, 2014
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It tracks the history of the song and the dance associated with it in a comedic manner making for an enjoyable journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ckr on January 8, 2014
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This engaging documentary never forgets to be entertaining while consistently imparting little known facts about the song's origins and history.
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This is an educational, respectful and highly amusing look at the Jewish song Hava Nagila. The film traces the song back to the Sadigorer Hasidim in Russia, follows it to Israel, and then to the United States, where it became a staple at Jewish weddings and bar mitzvah celebrations after World War II. There is a very funny segment on the exodus of American Jews from the cities to the suburbs, including a lovely bar mitzvah video that was either from the 50s or 60s, and a short TV clip of Allan Sherman singing "Here's To The Crabgrass". There are also lots of clips of singers and musicians performing Hava Nagila, such as Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Irving Fields, and Bob Dylan. (Oh, and let's not forget Chubby Checkers twisting to Hava Nagela.) I think the movie could have done without some of the clips of really weird performances of the song, such as Mr. Dylan's, but other than that, it was a delightful film. The only problem with watching it is now I can't get the song out of my head, along with an Allan Sherman song. No, not the crabgrass one that was in this movie, but his most famous one . . . Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh - A Letter From Camp Granada.

*Hava Nagila
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By Barry Weiss on May 20, 2014
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Who knew that a movie about a song could be so entertaining?! The song has a long and rich worldwide history that is explored thoroughly but in a very interesting, at times, humorous way.
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Kind of like listening to your Zayde tell Shtetl stories. Fascinating subject. You know it's an important part of your heritage. But there is just not enough information to fill the allotted time.
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By Wadu Eyno on February 27, 2014
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We all know about the ancient roots of "Hava Nagila," right? This great documentary sets us straight on this issue ... and everything else about this quintessential Jewish party song, this cheerful celebration of our ethnicity, this beloved symbol of a hope that was realized in 1948. Quintessential? --- not in all circles. Cheerful? --- not to the combatants in the struggle for attributed authorship. Beloved? --- not to many Yiddishists. You'll laugh! You'll cry! Most of all, you'll be entertained!
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By Frank on February 22, 2014
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It was entertaining but all the hype about it before seeing it left me a little disapointed. Still Hava Nagila the movie was good. Four out of five stars.
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