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Green Fields (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 11 October 1937 (USA)
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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Peretz Hirschbein (play) (as Peretz Hirshbein), Peretz Hirschbein (adaptation) (as Peretz Hirshbein) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Gorrin ... Levy Yitzchok - 'Levi Yitskhok' (as Michael Goldstein)
Helen Beverly Helen Beverly ... Tzineh - 'Tsine' (as Helen Beverley)
Isidore Cashier Isidore Cashier ... Duvid Noiach - 'Dovid-Noich' (as Izidor Casher)
Anna Appel Anna Appel ... Rochel - 'Rokhl'
Max Vodnoy Max Vodnoy ... Alkuneh - 'Elkone'
Lea Noemi Lea Noemi ... Gittel - 'Gitl'
Dena Drute Dena Drute ... Stera
Saul Levine Saul Levine ... Hersh-Ber
Herschel Bernardi ... Avram-Yankov - 'Avrom-Yankov' (as Hershel Bernardi)
Aron Ben-Ami Aron Ben-Ami ... A Yeshive Bocher
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

11 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grine Felder See more »

Filming Locations:

Newton, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$80,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1981 restoration) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Variray Blue Seal Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened off-Broadway in New York City, New York, USA in 1918. Jacob Ben-Ami was a member of the 1919 New York stage production and was made co-director at the insistence of writer Peretz Hirschbein, who felt he could see that the film was faithful to the play. See more »

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Referenced in Edgar G. Ulmer - The Man Off-screen (2004) See more »

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Di Nacht
Music and Lyrics by Peretz Hirschbein
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A Worthwhile Curio of the Jewish Past
17 September 2004 | by Into_The_WestSee all my reviews

While I saw this film 35 years ago when I was 13, and couldn't understand the parts where Yiddish was spoken without subtitles, I remember it being very enjoyable. It is a comedy and everyone has foibles, including the student, who often is self-important and pompous. I remember him explaining his sensitivity by saying, "I have a Jewish heart." Like everyone else doesn't?

One thing I picked up years later when this was the subject of a TV documentary, was a scene where the young son of the family, played by a very young Hershel Bernardi, invites the student to cross a river, symbolic that by simplifying his life he is, in a sense, crossing the River Jordan.

Not a bad idea, today, either.


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