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Directed by Joseph Green, Konrad Tom

Poland 1938 103 mins.

In this early Yiddish “talkie” starring musical queen Molly Picon as “Mamele” (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeps her family intact. She’s so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers a handsome violinist across the courtyard. Set in Lodz, this musical comedy/drama, which features Picon’s trademark song “Abi Gezunt,” embraces the diverse gamut of Jewish life in interwar Poland, from holiday celebrations to nightclubs and gangsters.