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A Brivele der mamen (1938)

 -  Drama  -  14 September 1939 (USA)
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One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucy Gehrman ...
Misha Gehrman ...
Mr. Stein - HIAS director
Gertrude Bulman ...
Max Bozyk ...
Szymon / Shimen, the Tailor (as Maks Bozyk)
Alexander Stein ...
Simche Fostel ...
The Cantor
Chana Lewin ...
Malke, wife of Shimen
Izak Grudberg ...
Samuel Landau ...
Hersh Leib, fabric wholesaler
Irving Bruner ...
Edmund Zayenda ...
Irving Bird / Arnold Berd / Aron 'Arele' Berdyczewski as an adult
Edward Sternbach
Berta Gersten ...
(as Berta Gerstin)
Leon Kaswiner
Gustav Berger
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One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, this film tells the story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war World War II Polish Ukraine. After her family is pulled apart by severe poverty and the turmoil of war, she and her children make their way to New York and turn to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society for help. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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14 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Letter to Mother  »

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PLZ 301,040 (estimated)
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(British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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Released on 14 September 1939, two weeks after the German blitzkrieg over Poland, this film opened to packed audiences at the Belmont Theater in New York. See more »

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Referenced in Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2001) See more »

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A Cinema Masterpiece Deserving of a Much Larger Audience
1 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Brivele Der Mamen" is one of the greatest movies ever made, in any language. An absolute masterpiece. A powerful look at the lives of Jews in Poland prior to and during World War I. Lucy Gehrman is absolutely brilliant as the mother. This movie should be shown in art houses and seen by discriminating audiences all over the world. It is a pity that this movie has been confined mostly to Jewish audiences. This is a powerful, universal film, which should be seen by a vast, world-wide audience. While the film was a huge success when it opened in 1939, it is even more amazing today. Although the action takes place before and during World War I, it was filmed in Poland in 1938 and, as such, it is an extraordinary last look at Jewish life in Poland just before the Holocaust wiped it all out.


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