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Sallah (1964)

Sallah Shabati (original title)
The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Sallah Shabati (as Haym Topol)
Geula Nuni ...
Habbubah Shabati (as Geula Noni)
Gila Almagor ...
Bathsheva Sosialit
Albert Cohen
Shraga Friedman ...
Neuman
Zaharira Harifai ...
Frieda
Shaike Levi ...
Shimon Shabati
Nathan Meisler ...
Mr. Goldstein
Esther Greenberg ...
Sallah's wife
Mordecai Arnon ...
Mordecai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ya'ackov Banai
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira
Ya'ackov Bodo
Arik Einstein ...
Ziggi
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The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. A Yemenite Jewish family that was flown to Israel during "Operation Magic Carpet" - a clandestine operation that flew 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel the year after the state was formed - is forced to move to a government settlement camp. The patriarch of the family, portrayed by Chaim Topol, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Written by Fiona Kelleghan

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Sallah Can Make You Happy!

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10 March 1965 (USA)  »

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Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Li U'Lecha/Ve'Lach
Lyrics by Didi Manusi
Music by Yohanan Zaray
Performed by Arik Einstein and Geula Nuni
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a wonderfully entertaining look on Israel of the old days
28 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

In many ways, not only cinematically, Shabati is a master piece. With endless subtlety and style, Kishon (writer and director, one of Israel's all-time best creative artists in his debut film) brings the story of Salleh Shabati, a Yemenite immigrant to Israel in the first years since it's foundation. Shabati and his big family find themselves in a torn and yet un-structured society, trying in all sorts of ways to get the government - representatives of which being ignorant (if not racist), hard-headed, and at times corrupt, to move them from the "Ma'abara" (refugee camp) to a permanent housing. Shabati may appear, at first, to be a simple illiterate immigrant, but his simple and straightforward wisdom reveal the deepest-most hardships the new society of Israel is being challenged to face. Racism, cultural exclusion, poverty. Eventually, though, love triumphs. Fantastic acting by all actors involved, especially Topol with a magnificent once-in-a-life-time performance, plus sharp, accurate writing by Kishon, make this film a joy to watch. The history and sociology lesson are there if you want them, but Shabati is, before anything else, simply a brilliant film.


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