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A Cinema Masterpiece Deserving of a Much Larger Audience

Author: cjprentiss-1 from United States
1 June 2009

"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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