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1920-1929

Jewish Happiness (Evreiskoe schast'e) (Soviet Union, 1925)

Directed by Granovsky Alexey. Menachem Mendel tries to make some money by selling fancy goods in the street, and then by setting up an insurance office, but his projects end in failure. Chancing upon a list of wealthy brides mislaid by a matchmaker, Menachem decides to get involved in matchmaking. The daughter of the wealthy Kimbak loves a poor Jewish lad called Zalman, but her father won’t give her his blessing. Menachem offers to find Kimbak a wealthy groom for his daughter, but owing to a series of misunderstandings he finds her a bride.

Jewish Luck (Menahem-Mendl; Yevreiskoye schastye; Menakhem Mendl; Jidische glickn) (Soviet Union, 1925)

Directed by Alexander Granovsky. Cast: Solomon Mikhoels, Tamara Edelheim, S. Epstein, M. Goldblat, I. Rogaler. "This adaptation of the Menakhem Mendel Letters by Sholem Aleichem, filtered through Isaac Babel, who wrote the original Russian intertitles, and photographed by Eduard Tisse (before his work with Eisenstein,) is considered by many to be one of the three or four finest Yiddish films ever made. With the Moscow Yiddish State Theater; and starring Solomon Mikhoels in his screen debut, Jewish Luck represents an extraordinary meeting of Russian-Jewish talent.

Kiki (1926)

Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody. A high-spirited Parisian gamine is determined to become a chorus girl and win the heart of the Follies manager, even if it means performing some rather unladylike stunts. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

King of Kings (1927)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: H.B. Warner, Jacqueline Logan, Rudolph Schildkraut, Dorothy Cummings, Ernest Torrence, Montagu Love, Sam De Grasse. An ostentatious retelling of the life of Christ that sealed DeMille's reputation as a master of the biblical epic. The film recounts the teachings of the humble carpenter but also the blasphemies of the Roman Empire in all its sinful splendor. 115 min. , ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ko-Ko's Harem Scarem (1929)

Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animated short. An Arabian Nights potentate receives at last the magical bottle he desires...an inkwell from which Koko and Fitz emerge for adventures in the Sultan's harem. 8 min.

La revue des revues (France, 1927)

Directed by Joe Francys. Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation.

La revue des revues (France, 1927)

Directed by Joe Francys. Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation.

La Sirène des tropiques (Siren of the Tropics) (France, 1927)

Directed by Henri Etievant, Mario Nalpas. Cast: Josephine Baker, Pierre Batcheff, Georges Melchior, Regina Dalthy. Papitou is a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris. 87 min.

Laughter Through Tears (Skvoz slyozy; Motel peisi dem chazens) (Soviet Union, 1928)

Director, Grigori Gricher-Cherikover. Cast: J. K. Kovenberg, A. D. Goritcheva, M. D. Sen-Elnikova, D. A. Cantor, S. J. Silberman, F. K. Silberman, A. J. Vabnick, F. A. Soslovsky, M. L. Liarov, F. A. Kharitonov, B. Chernov, T. Brainin. Brings to life the Jewish stetel in the early days of Tsarist Russia, and depicts Jewish family tradition, antisemitism, and economic hardship in the Soviet Union during the late 1920's. Silent with English intertitles. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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