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Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (2005)

The battle to keep Yiddish Theater alive into the 21st century continues.


Dan Katzir




Credited cast:
Julie Alexander ... Herself
Mike Burstyn ... Himself
Felix Fibich Felix Fibich ... Himself (as Felix Fiebich)
Shifra Lerer Shifra Lerer ... Herself
Zalmen Mlotek Zalmen Mlotek ... Himself
Roni Neuman Roni Neuman ... Herself
Seymour Rechzeit Seymour Rechzeit ... Himself
Zypora Spaisman Zypora Spaisman ... Herself


A powerful, funny, moving and important film that follows the legendary Yiddish diva Zypora Spaisman, who is considered by many the woman who has kept Yiddish Theater alive in the US. The film has the last filmed interview with Yiddish superstar Seymour Rechzeit, as well as rare footage of the Second Avenue deli, and it's owner. The film also has amazing footage of the Hebrew actors union, just before all the rare archival footage was discovered and moved out of the rotting basement. This is a masterpiece documentary with footage that will make anyone both laugh and cry in every scene. Written by Anonymous

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The battle to keep Yiddish Theater alive into the 21st century continues. See more »






English | Yiddish

Release Date:

24 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dan Katzir Video Diary #2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,860, 7 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,081, 11 January 2009
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1.33 : 1
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A unique story about Yiddish theater survival in NY.
13 October 2007 | by eefuniSee all my reviews

This story is about a unique Yiddish theater in NY, it's about disappearance of traditions, it's about change of generations and fragile balance of relationships between old and new, it's about greatness of NY as a multicultural center. The story is small, but heartbreaking. It's about our roots and predecessors, whoever you are, whatever confession you are. The technical quality of the film is not that great, but at the end it's a very low budget film about a theater that struggles to survive without financial support and enough money for higher end production and P&A budget. But this film has a lot of heart. It lets its heroes speak for themselves, and it's almost impossible not to feel the pain of main characters, who are real people. At the end, this film is a part of human history and will service future generations as another reflection of who are Jews, what is New York, and a thing called time, which is unstoppable, more often cruel than not, but unable to break a human spirit.

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