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CINEGOGUE 2012 – East and West
15. and 16. 10., 7:30 p.m., Spanish Synagogue

The wildly successful series of silent films with live music amidst the architectural splendor of the Spanish Synagogue continues this year with East and West (1923) – a comic story of two worlds colliding starring American vaudeville icon Molly Picon
A new score by Jan Dušek performed live by BERG Orchestra, conducted by Peter Vrábel.
Pre-sale tickets available at the Spanish Synagogue or at www.berg.cz and www.webticket.cz.

East and West (Austria, 1923, 85 min, b&w)
Restoration and Digitization: The National Center For Jewish Film
Silent with English, Yiddish and Czech intertitles
Directors: Sidney M. Goldin a Ivan Abramson

Music: Jan Dušek (2012)

This delightful comedy opens as Morris Brown, a New York gambler acquainted more with his checkbook than his prayer book, returns to Galicia with his very American daughter, Mollie (Molly Picon) for a family wedding. The bride, daughter of his religiously observant brother, and Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, could not be more different. But Mollie unexpectedly meets her match, an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart.

East and West features classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy, and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is veteran filmmaker Goldin's affectionate portrayal of worldly Jews encountering traditional shtetl life. Also directed by Sidney M. Goldin: A Cantor on Trial, The Cantor’s Son, The Feast of Passover, Yiskor and Uncle Moses. Also starring Molly Picon: Mamele and Yiddle With His Fiddle.

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