SCREENINGS

Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Vienna Film Archive (2008)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (2004)

RESTORED 35MM PRINT WITH COMPLETE NEW SUBTITLES

This classic melodrama captures the sentimental, emotional characters and the convoluted plots and fantastic coincidences which dominated the Second Avenue Yiddish theaters. Focusing on a labor dispute in the garment district of New York City, the film survives as an important historical document highlighting the hardships of the Jewish immigrant experience in America.

Motel, a poor laborer, loving husband and new father, leads cloakmakers in a strike for better working conditions. When he is severely injured by strikebreakers, his wife, Esther, and infant son are left destitute. Desperate to save her starving child, Esther gives him up for adoption to a wealthy couple, and then commits suicide. The richly-rendered beautiful Yiddish songs by Sholem Secunda featuring Cantor Leibele Waldman and Joel Feig's famous choir are a good example of the bittersweet melodrama in the finest tradition of the Yiddish theater.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

"A sorrowful and tragic melodrama in the best Yiddish tradition..."
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The Film Daily 1/24/40

PURCHASE DVD

HOME USE ONLY

$36.00 plus shipping
Home Use Only DVD (Not for Classroom/Institutional Use)

Does not include Public Performance Rights
Home Use Policy (pdf)

INSTITUTIONAL USE

$72.00 plus shipping
Classroom/Institutional Use Only DVD

Does not include Public Performance Rights
Institutional Use Policy (pdf)

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Motel the Operator
Motl der Operator

USA, 1939, 88 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English Subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden


RESTORED
with New English Subtitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film

$72 Institutional Use DVD
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$36 Home Use DVD
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Public Exhibition 35MM, Beta Rental also available



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