Join us on (note time change) to see "Mamele" starring Molly Picon
A sparkling gem of the New York Jewish Film Festival is the U.S. premiere of the restored Joseph Green-Konrad Tom's 1938 Yiddish film Mamele.
Starring Molly Picon, the 5-foot-tall, 100 lb. phenom of Yiddish stage and screen, the film is set in Poland's textile hub of Lodz... A Yiddish Cinderella, Picon shops, schleps, cooks, cleans, dreams of love and is the" go to" person when someone has a problem - be it romance or rescuing a youngster caught up in a shady scheme.
The setting is urban, the young men and women are 1930s fashionably dressed. There is nightclubbing, drinking, double-dealing and - a handsome sweet musician across the courtyard. As tireless as the Energizer bunny, Picon is so delicious and quirky, you want to give her a knip in bekl (pinch her cheek).
In a dreamlike montage, she morphs - in stages - from a dancing little girl to a frail 78-year old dancing with her fingers and bobbing her head. Picon also launches the hit song "Abi Gezunt" (as long as you are healthy) which has become a standard for Yiddish performers down the decades. As for the romantic finale - it involves a scene-stealing ketzele (kitten) which will have cat lovers purring."
Remember to make your lunch reservation!