A Cantor's Tale
A Cantor's Tale (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 25, 2005
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Matt Singer
Village Voice

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 ...

Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

Effectively portrays this practice as a deeply spiritual marriage of religious commitment and artistic perseverance.

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Dennis Harvey

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

... A Cantor's Tale is more concerned with singing praises than with arguing over orthodoxies.

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