The ‘Queen of the Yiddish musical,’ Molly Picon, returns to the big screen in a beautifully restored version of Joseph Green’s 1935 classic.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary with this remastered print, Mamele* is a misty-eyed trip down memory lane for lovers of Jewish cinema and the grand musicals of the ‘Golden Age’. Set in Lodz in pre-World War Two Poland, the inimitable Molly Picon plays dutiful daughter Mamele, who is keeping her family together after the death of their mother. Like Jane Austen’s Emma, she plays matchmaker for everyone else — but will Mamele eventually find love with the handsome violinist across the courtyard? Incorporating Picon’s time-honoured showstopper Abi Gezunt*, Mamele is the ultimate in feel-good fun.
Screening with: Like Children
97 min / Yiddish (English subtitles)
Director — Joseph Green & Konrad Tom
Category — All the World's a Stage