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The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) announces the long awaited re-release of two of its most popular titles, Great Cantors of the Golden Age & Great Cantors in Cinema, digitally restored and in DVD format. The two films—produced by The National Center for Jewish Film using film materials restored by NCJF—are available as a 2 DVD set (147 minutes) and include extensive new bonus materials: 7 new cantorial pieces available here for the first time ever.
Great Cantors features some of the rarest and finest performances of renowned cantors, from 1927 to 1956. This DVD release coincides with a resurgence in interest in cantorial music and the great cantors of the first half of the 20th century. Two and a half years in the making, Great Cantors is an educational and historical treasure as well as an incomparable musical experience.
Great Cantors of the Golden Age includes highlights from Yiddish filmmaker Joseph Seiden’s 1931 film The Voice of Israel, with performances by Adolph Katchko, Josef “Yossele” Rosenblatt, David Roitman, Joseph Shlisky, and Mordechai Hershman.
Great Cantors in Cinema includes Yossele Rosenblatt in Dream of My People (1933), Moshe Koussevitsky in We Who Remain (1946), Mordechai Hershman in The Voice of Israel (1931), Moishe Oysher in Overture to Glory (1940), and Louis "Leibele" Waldman in A Cantor on Trial (1931).
DVD bonus extras include seven cantorial pieces newly restored by NCJF from rare film footage, some of which have never been seen before: "Oshamnu Mikol Om" by David Roitman; "Kol Nidre" by Adolph Katchko; "Anenu" and "Shabbat Kiddush" (conclusion) by Moishe Oysher; "ViY'rushalayim Ircho" by Moshe Koussevitsky; "Yarhzeit" and "Yiddishe Mamma" by Yossele Rosenblatt.
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2 DVD Set
Classroom/Institutional Use Only DVD
Does not include Public Performance Rights
Institutional Use Policy (pdf)
ALSO WITH MOISHE OYSHER
of the Golden Age
2 DVD Set
USA, 2006, 147 minutes B&W/color
Hebrew, Yiddish & English with English subtitles
Directed by Rich Pontius
Cantor Murray E. Simon
Sharon Pucker Rivo
with New English Subtitles by
The National Center for Jewish Film
$49.95 Institutional Use
2 DVD Set Buy Now
Public Exhibition Beta Rental also available