Classics

WJFF CLASSICS

A series honoring the rich history of Jewish cinema. Many of these repertory highlights are presented on newly restored prints.

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AVALON

Dir. Barry Levinson
(128 min, USA, 1990) Narrative

An evocative, nostalgic film that celebrates the virtues of family life.

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CREMATOR

Dir. Juraj Herz
(95 min, Czechoslovakia, 1969) Narrative

Ahead of its time, the blend of black comedy and horror in The Cremator is a stunning example of the Czech New Wave movement, gliding effortlessly between Surrealism and Expressionism.

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THE LIGHT AHEAD

Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer
(94 min, USA, 1939) Narrative

Possibly the greatest of Edgar G. Ulmer’s shtetl films, presented here in a restored 35mm print courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.

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ONE DAY PINA ASKED…

Dir. Chantal Akerman
(57 min, France, 1983) Documentary

An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, One Day Pina Asked… is Chantal Akerman’s look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch.

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THE PAWNBROKER

Dir. Sidney Lumet
(116 min, USA, 1964) Narrative

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

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SUNDAY, BLOODY SUNDAY

Dir. John Schlesinger
(110 min, UK, 1971) Narrative

Sunday, Bloody Sunday depicts the romantic lives of two Londoners, a middle-aged doctor and a prickly thirtysomething divorcée who are sleeping with the same handsome young artist.