A Cantor's Tale
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Filmmaker Erik Greenburg Anjou explores the "golden age" of the Jewish liturgical music known as "chazzanut" in a soulful meditation on the cantors and songs that drove the once-popular movement. As a child, future performer, teacher, and Cantors Assembly president Jacob Mendelson marveled at the singers who frequently performed at the local synagogue. High profile vocalists whose fans were every bit as fervent as those of Frank Sinatra, these performers were prevalent not only on Brooklyn's Jewish radio station, but in film and theater as well. Historical footage of… More
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"With its outlandish stories, obsession with masculine ego, and focus on an absurd, forgotten subculture, A Cantor's Tale is the stuff Ben Stiller movies are made of ..."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"Effectively portrays this practice as a deeply spiritual marriage of religious commitment and artistic perseverance."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Delightful docu A Cantor's Tale casts a fond eye back at the 'golden age' of chazzanut (Jewish liturgical music) and its star performers in the Brooklyn of yesteryear, while also profiling one of the form's most significant latter-day advocates."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"It's Mendelson's love of chazzanut, and of music in general, that drives this engaging film; anyone familiar with the power of music to transcend language and cut straight to powerful, transformative emotions will find his passion irresistible."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... A Cantor's Tale is more concerned with singing praises than with arguing over orthodoxies."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
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