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1920-1929

Yizkor (Austria, 1924)

Directed by Sydney M. Goldin. Cast: Wolf Silberberg, Maurice Schwartz, Oskar Beregi, Berta Gersten, Lazar Freed. In a small Volhynian village, the local Count's daughter falls in love with Leybke, a handsome Jewish guardsman, but all her attempts to win him fail as he is in love with and betrothed to Kreyndl. The Countess desperately tries to seduce Leybke, and avenges her failure by falsely accusing him of attacking her. Yizkor dramatizes its theme of fidelity to one's self, one's community and one's religion through a plot that revolves around hostage-taking, heroism and resistance.

[Arabian Nights] Adventures of Prince Achmed (Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed.) (Germany, 1927)

Directed by Karl Koch. The earliest extant feature-length animated film. Lotte Reiniger's delicately cut silhouettes against hand-tinted backgrounds are perfect for this adaptation of tales from the Arabian nights. 64 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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[Arabian Nights] Sumurun (One Arabian Night) (Germany, 1920)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch. This blending of melodrama and comedy in the manner of an Arabian nights tale, tells the story of a rebellious harem member who rejects the sheikh and falls in love with a merchant. 85 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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[Benchley, Robert] Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin

This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's. Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr.

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