Film Festival Favorite - Pioneering Independent Jewish Film
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Asriel Stroon is a widowed landlord who has amassed a fortune in turn-of-the-century Boston. Fearful that his sins have lost him a chance to be accepted into heaven, he goes back to the "Old Country" in Poland and prays as his father's grave for the Almighty to wipe away his sins. While there, he comes across an old Jewish custom: The richest man in town is "bidding" for the awkward but brilliant student Shaya, to get him as a bridegroom for his daughter.
Asriel sees that to win such a prodigy for his daughter, Flora is a sure way to secure himself a ticket to heaven. But Flora wants to marry an "American" doctor and Asriel's expensive gift to her turns out to cost more than the beleaguered father bargained for. A sentimental comedy of assimilation ensues, with some surprising twists along the way.
"An exceptionally fine first feature... shrewdly persistent and quite winning... Her screenplay is neat and orderly. The many suprises -enough for a dozen O. Henry anecdotes- unfold trippingly, like the clarinet cadencesin the klez-inspired score. Berger has, with her first film, leapt into the ring with James Ivory."
-The Village Voice
"A sweet evocation of Jewish immigrant life in turn-of-the-century America... There's a heart in The Imported Bridegroom. It should live and be well."
"An endearing film about the immigrant experience."
-The Boston Globe
"The film is a charmer."
About Pamela Berger
Pamela Berger has written, produced, and/or directed three feature films. Sorceress is about a medieval woman who is accused of being a heretic but is actually a healer, shot in both English and French. Both versions are now available on DVD. Following making The Imported Bridegroom, she directed a third film, Killian’s Chronicle: The Magic Stone, about an Irish slave who escapes from a Viking ship and is rescued by Native Americans five hundred years before the arrival of Columbus. Berger teaches Medieval Art at Boston College and most of her research deals with iconography and iconographic interpretation.
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The Imported Bridegroom
USA, 1989, 93 minutes, color
Directed by Pamela Berger
Public Exhibition formats: 35mm, 16mm, DVD