The Komediant
The Komediant (2000)

Wistful and melancholy recollections of Yiddish theatre are conveyed in this documentary, which centers on the story of the Burstein family. The family honed their talents in New York and eventually became stars of the genre as they… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Able to provide insight into a fascinating part of theater history.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

This rich, bittersweet Israeli documentary, about the life of song-and-dance-man Pasach'ke Burstein and his family, transcends ethnic lines.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives the viewer a pleasant taste for the Yiddish theater.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Slight but enjoyable documentary.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

It's their familial ups and downs that shift this small, stubbornly poignant documentary ... from the realm of special-interest audiences to the more universal theater of family psychodynamics.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Less-than-compelling documentary of a Yiddish theater clan.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The film sparkles with the the wisdom and humor of its subjects.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

What might have been a predictably heartwarming tale is suffused with complexity.

Niki Patton
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

... a light, yet engrossing piece. Lux, now in her eighties, does a great combination act as narrator, Jewish grandmother and subject - taking us through a film that is part biography, part entertainment and part history.

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