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

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 »

Director:

Sam Ball

Writer:

Sam Ball (story)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Edward Asner ... Narrator (voice)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Solomon Mikhoels Solomon Mikhoels ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Venyamin Zuskin Venyamin Zuskin ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

9 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Citizen Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Archival footage shown here of King Lear was GOSET'S most popular Yiddish production. The play, over a period of 20 years, was seen by 200,00 plus theater-goers. See more »

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References Jewish Luck (1925) See more »

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