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2013-08-13

‘The Magician of Lublin’ – a movie screening

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews invites you to the screening of ‘The Magician of Lublin’, which will take place at 7 pm. The show is part of the ‘Splendor and Kitsch. Hollywood-Style Adaptations of Works by Isaac Bashevis Singer’ series of meetings.

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In this German-Israeli “romantic masterpiece”, the title song was performed by Kate Bush. Yasha Mazur (Alan Arkin), a travelling magician with a specific attitude, is very sensitive to female beauty. His amorous adventures are both funny and endearing. One of the magician’s lovers is played by Hollywood star Louise Fletcher.

This August, join us for film adaptations of prose works by Isaac Bashevis Singer, each of which has something unique to offer. The musical Yentl, directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, received an Oscar for Best Original Score and four nominations in other categories, as well as three nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award – including worst score and worst actor. The Magician of Lublin, made with Hollywood-style opulence, evokes the familiar pleasure of watching bad films – this only adaptation of Singer’s best known novel hardly stirred up the enthusiasm of critics. The Enemies of Paul Mazursky on the other hand, features an assortment of extraordinary female personalities and roles, two of which – Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin – were nominated for the Oscars. The troubled life of Herman Broder, a Holocaust survivor, presented in the film, abounds in humorous situations having to do with the plurality of women the protagonist has married and cannot live without.

Join us for a mixture of splendor, kitsch, fatalism, farce, great prose and Hollywood-style trimmings!

132 min.

Free admission

Program of the film show series:

August 14, 7 p.m. – The Magician of Lublin, dir. Menahem Golan

August 21, 7 p.m. – Enemies, dir. Paul Mazursky

August 28, 7 p.m. – Yentl, dir. Barbra Streisand

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