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The Komediant Review


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The rich tradition of Jewish entertainment is explored through a slice of family life in this affectionate depiction of changing times. A portrayal that extends through several decades and continents, The Komediant is a well-rounded historical record of the Burnstein clan, a famous vaudeville act whose genesis sprang from rebellion when Pesach'ke Burstein left his Orthodox home in a quest to become an actor.

To get as complete of picture as possible of the theatrical lifestyle at the time, interviews with the remaining Burnstein family members are mixed with those of their peers and archival footage from their more popular shows. The various discussions and images provide an eclectic glimpse into the past, along with the interesting journey of just how the Burnsteins managed to carve themselves a piece of spotlight.

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Yossi & Jagger Review


Very Good
Clocking in at just 61 minutes (not counting the credits), Yossi & Jagger is a short story of a movie. In fact, if you remember your college literature class, you may detect just a touch of Herman Melville's Billy Budd in this brief but moving story of a handsome and magnetic young soldier disrupting the daily grind of his tightly knit troop.

The routine is boring but exhausting at an Israeli army outpost atop a snowy mountain along the Lebanese border. The dozen or so soldiers in the dilapidated camp do little more then go out on practice ambushes and dig trenches. There's plenty of time left over for joking with the cook, dancing in the barracks with the beautiful young women who also serve, and letting petty jealousies simmer.

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The Komediant Movie Review

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The rich tradition of Jewish entertainment is explored through a slice of family life in...

Yossi & Jagger Movie Review

Yossi & Jagger Movie Review

Clocking in at just 61 minutes (not counting the credits), Yossi & Jagger is a...

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