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Bridge of Light

Yiddish Film between Two Worlds

Published to great acclaim in 1991, J. Hoberman’s Bridge of Light is now back in print with a new foreword and final chapter discussing recent research, rediscoveries, and restorations. Also includes the documentary The Yiddish Cinema (60 min., DVD), narrated by David Mamet.

432 pages | 8 x 9 1/4

Art: Art--General Studies


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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Updated Edition • Acknowledgments • Acknowledgments to the Updated Edition • Author’s Note • Introduction: A Brivele der Mamen • Wandering Stars • Romance in the Ghetto • “The Face of the Earth Will Change” • Nineteen-Nineteen • Out of Galicia • Miracles on the Vistula • Yiddish Modernism and Jewish Luck • The Prince of Second Avenue • Making It in America • Once Upon a Time in the Ukraine • The Polish Forest • The Theater of the Future • Jews of Steel • The Faryidisht Film • Between Rusland and Daytshland • Shund • “We’re on Our Way” • The Greening of Yiddish Film • The Cantor’s Sons • On the Edge of the Abyss • Without a Home • Phantom Europe • Married to America • The Living Remnant • A Post-Yiddish Cinema • Backward into the Real Past, Forward into Endless Time • Appendixes: Joseph Burstyn’s Documentaries • Partial Yiddish Talkies • Recycled Yiddish Films • Glossary • Notes on Sources • Selected Bibliography • Photograph Credits • Index • The DVD documentary The Yiddish Cinema is at the end of the book

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