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Welcome to Kutsher's: The Last Catskills Resort (2012)

Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for ... See full summary »
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Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience-- and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries-- this documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. Written by Anonymous

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26 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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A Compelling Documentary by Ian Rosenberg
15 August 2013 | by rachelbattonSee all my reviews

This is a well-researched documentary by Ian Rosenberg (the director, not to be confused with Ian Rosenberg jewellery maker) and his wife Caroline, which charts the history of the Jewish Catskills resorts and the current experiences at the last ever resort, Kutsher's. It looks at the Jewish American holiday experience, which changed from having no holiday at all to visiting the luxury hotels in the Catskills that provided everything you could ever need.

It provides excellent first-hand information, such as the fact that the dining rooms were semi-Kosher – Matzo Ball soup was actually labelled Consommé Ontos. The film also looks at the repercussions of national and international travel becoming easier, as the Catskills became less popular as a holiday resort destination. The resorts remain popular in the public imagination, though, with the resorts inspiring films such as Dirty Dancing.

The documentary includes snippets of information from various characters in Kutsher's history, including Helen Kutsher (one of the original Kutshers), and her son Mark (who is now the Chief Executive Officer of the resort).

You can tell that the film has had a lot of love put into it by Ian Rosenberg, with the documentary taking 5 years to make. It is especially poignant, as it was Kutsher's 100th anniversary when filming started in 2007. Unfortunately, its future looks uncertain, but Rosenberg has made a documentary that will keep the memory of the Catskill resorts alive forever.


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