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Green Fields (1937)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  11 October 1937 (USA)
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Gorrin ...
Levy Yitzchok - 'Levi Yitskhok' (as Michael Goldstein)
Helen Beverly ...
Tzineh - 'Tsine' (as Helen Beverley)
Isidore Cashier ...
Duvid Noiach - 'Dovid-Noich' (as Izidor Casher)
Anna Appel ...
Rochel - 'Rokhl'
Max Vodnoy ...
Alkuneh - 'Elkone'
Lea Noemi ...
Gittel - 'Gitl'
Dena Drute ...
Stera
Saul Levine ...
Hersh-Ber
Herschel Bernardi ...
Avram-Yankov - 'Avrom-Yankov' (as Hershel Bernardi)
Aron Ben-Ami ...
A Yeshive Bocher
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Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for the city of "true Jews," he learns some unexpected lessons from the Jewish peasants who take him in as a tutor for their children. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

11 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grine Felder  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$80,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1981 restoration) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Variray Blue Seal Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in five days after six weeks of rehearsal. Director Edgar G. Ulmer said in an interview that the producers raised the money ($8,000) for the film by hocking furniture. When the film laboratory threatened to foreclose on the film because they hadn't been paid, the head of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, David Dubinsky, purchased 75,000 tickets in advance, after he saw and liked a rough cut of the film. See more »

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A Maisale
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Hard to appreciate for an Irishman
18 September 2004 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

I guess this is a film that only aficionados can appreciate. I like many old films, even the pre-talkies, but this one is not for the basic watcher. I caught it on TCM, so it was without interruptions or editing. It didn't help. The humor falls flat, and the story was pedantic. There was nothing wrong with it, really, but it just wasn't entertaining.

Sample lines: "Your father has flies in his nose," and "A Jew should not be as strong as a Goy?" That just doesn't translate well, even with subtitles. And there's laughing, although nothing seems very funny. To say it's "preachy" is an understatement. The dogma is a bit overwhelming. And as far as the subtitles go, I wish they had picked a single font size and stuck with it.

I'm not an historian, or a Jew. I'm just a film buff. I found little here to be excited about on that basis. But I don't want to leave it at that, without a good word to say- The film stock was excellent!


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