In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern (review)

In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern (review) the DVD after reading Hoberman's tome reinforces how a sixty-minute film can only scratch the surface of this vast field. However, viewers will enjoy the smattering of clips from some of the most important Yiddish films, including A Brivele der Mamen, Der Dibek, and Yidl mitn Fidl. One highlight of the documentary is the less than flattering commentary about Edgar Ulmer, director of the very successful Grine Felder (1937), from actors who had been in his films. The updated version of Bridge of Light contains a new chapter, "Backward into the Real Past, Forward into Endless Time," which includes interviews conducted by Hoberman as late as December 2009. This impressive book remains a must-have for anyone who teaches courses on Jewish cinema. It is a handy reference volume for scholars in the field, providing a comprehensive overview of the topic as well as extensive information about numerous films and the major players of Yiddish cinema. At the same time, its readability and narrative style will make it an enjoyable read for anyone who is intrigued by the "national cinema without a nation" (p. viii), as Stuart Klawans characterizes Yiddish cinema in his foreword to the updated edition of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

In the Demon’s Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern (review)

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the DVD after reading Hoberman's tome reinforces how a sixty-minute film can only scratch the surface of this vast field. However, viewers will enjoy the smattering of clips from some of the most important Yiddish films, including A Brivele der Mamen, Der Dibek, and Yidl mitn Fidl. One highlight of the documentary is the less than flattering commentary about Edgar Ulmer, director of the very successful Grine Felder (1937), from actors who had been in his films. The updated version of Bridge of Light contains a new chapter, "Backward into the Real Past, Forward into Endless Time," which includes interviews conducted by Hoberman as late as December 2009. This impressive book remains a must-have for anyone who teaches courses on Jewish cinema. It is a handy reference volume for scholars in the field, providing a comprehensive overview of the topic as well as extensive information about numerous films and the major players of Yiddish cinema. At the same time, its readability and narrative style will make it an enjoyable read for anyone who is intrigued by the "national cinema without a nation" (p. viii), as Stuart Klawans characterizes Yiddish cinema in his foreword to the updated edition of

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Sep 13, 2012

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