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A Brivele der Mamen

A Brivele der Mamen(1939)

Also Known As: A Letter to Mama | The Eternal Song |

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A Letter to Mother's tale of family disintegration and poverty serves as a metaphor for the displacements facing European Jews in 1939. One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Nazi invasion, the film tells the story of a mother's persistent efforts to support her family. While her husband lives in America, Dobrish struggles to care for her three children in pre-WWI Polish Ukraine. After her family is pulled apart by severe poverty and the turmoil of war, Dobrish and her family make their way to New York and turn to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in search of a brighter future. Released on September 14, 1939, two weeks after the German blitzkrieg over Poland, this film opened to packed audiences at the Belmont Theater in New York. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the best Yiddish films to reach America, A Letter to Mother was the highest grossing Yiddish film of its time.

Cast & Crew

Joseph Green Director
Lucy Gehrman Dobrish Berdichevski
Misha Gehrman Mr. Shein
Max Bozyk Shimen
Edmund Zayenda Irving Bird
Gertrude Bulman Miriam Berdichevsky
Alexander Stein David Berdichevsky
Samuel Landau Hersh Leyb
Simche Fostel A cantor
Chana Levin Shimen's wife Malka
Icchok Grudberg Meyer Berdichevsky
Irving Bruner Arele Berdichevsky
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1939 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Sphinx Films Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Green-Film
Duration(mins):  105-106 Country:  Poland
Duration(feet):  9,799    
Duration(reels):  11    

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