Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011)

A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2013
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Not often does a film double as a literary critic, but this is the Northrop Frye of docs. Essentially, it revises and sharpens the blunted reputation of a great writer.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Throughout the film, Dorman uses ethnographic and silent-cinema footage, along with ubiquitous klezmer music, to paint a picture of the era.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Dorman strikes the perfect balance between the work and the man.

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Anita Li
Toronto Star

Audiences interested in Jewish literature will find Laughing in the Darkness compelling for its deep analysis of Aleichem's works, featuring a selection of experts and the writer's granddaughter, Bel Kaufman.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A rich, winning documentary...

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Shawn Levy

In the end, you're certainly inspired to read Aleichem, but not necessarily to watch Dorman's film again.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[An] absorbing PBS-style documentary.

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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

The film adroitly sets the writer's works, his triumphs and tribulations, against the backdrop of a tumultuous period for European Jewry.

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Sarah Boslaugh

.... a thoughtful, if also conventional, overview of Aleichem's life and work, mixing straight history and biography with quotations from his writings...

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