Jewish Film Series Presents Mamele
Molly Picon, “Queen of the Yiddish Musical,” shines in Mamele (little mother), as the dutiful daughter who keeps her family intact after the death of their mother. She's so busy cooking, cleaning and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself – until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard!
Director Joseph Green and leading lady Molly Picon reteamed for Mamele after their success with Yiddle with his Fiddle (1936). Filmed in Lodz, Poland, this musical comedy drama features Picon's trademark song, “Abi Gezunt” and embraces the diverse gamut of interwar Jewish life in Poland, with its nogoodniks and unemployed, nightclubs, gangsters and religious Jews celebrating Sukkot.
The film is free and refreshments will be served.
From the Jewish Daily Forward:
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.”
-- Jewish Daily Forward 1/20/14