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Balancing Acts: A Jewish Theater in the Soviet Union (2008)

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Moscow, January 1948. In the bitter cold, a large crowd attends the State Funeral of the Yiddish actor and director Solomon Mikhoels. An official proclamation mourns the death of "a great ... See full summary »

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Moscow, January 1948. In the bitter cold, a large crowd attends the State Funeral of the Yiddish actor and director Solomon Mikhoels. An official proclamation mourns the death of "a great People's Artist of the Soviet Union." What people are really mourning is the death of the most popular Jewish theater in the Soviet Union, and the man who kept it alive against all odds for over 20 years. No doubt many suspected the truth: he had just been assassinated by Stalin's secret police. Written by Sam Ball

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An exhilarating and ultimately tragic experiment in modern Jewish theater


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The final scene of 'Solomon Mikhoels'' silent film masterpiece Jewish Luck (1925) was filmed at the Odessa Steps and is used to conclude Balancing Acts. This same location, also known as The Potemkin Steps was made famous in Sergei M. Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925), also released in 1925. Eduard Tisse was the cinematographer on both of these films. See more »

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