Disenchanted Tailor in "Illusion": Sholem Aleichem behind the Scenes of Early Jewish Cinema, 1913-16

 
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A simple tailor, the protagonist of the great Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem's last theatrical drama, suddenly bcomes rich, but loses his money on account of an obscure cinema deal. The author's son-in-law and assistant, Y. D. Berkowitz, insisted that the issue of moviemaking be removed from the plot.It seems he tried, among other things, to conceal his father-in-law's "cinema obsession," which played itself out between Moscow and New York during the final years of his short life. Until now this story of Sholem Aleichem's "last love" remained virtually unknown because the majority of relevant documents, written in Yiddish, Russian, Hebrew, English and other languages, as well as the author's film scripts, have never been published. By reconstructing the picture of Sholem Aleichem's extensive contacts with the world of cinema in Europe, Russia, and the US, this monograph throws new light on the famous writers life and work, on the background of the incipience of early Jewish cinematography."

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About the Author:

Ber Kotlerman is Associate Professor at the Rena Costa Center for Yiddish Studies, Bar Ilan University, where he has served since 2011 as Academic Director. His professional fields of interest include Yiddish language and culture, Old Yiddish literature, the history of Eastern European and Soviet Jewry, and Jewish theater and cinema. Prof. Kotlerman is the author of "Bauhaus in Birobidzhan" (2008), "In Search of Milk and Honey: The Theater of 'Soviet Jewish Statehood'" (2009), and "The Cultural World of Soviet Jewry" (2014), one of the compilers of "Yiddish-Japanese Dictionary" (2010), the editor of "Yiddish Theater: Literature, Culture, and Nationalism" (2009), "Mizrekh: Jewish Studies in the Far East," 2 vols. (2009 and 2011), "Tsenah u-Renah: The Book of Genesis" (2012), and the co-editor of "Around the Point: Studies in Jewish Literature and Culture in Multiple Languages" (2014).

Review:

Rare is a book that reverses the laws of electronics, making a negative into a positive. Professor Ber Kotlerman of Bar-Ilan University treats the failed attempt by Sholem Aleichem to make a movie. But it is more than that. It is a study of Sholem Aleichem's relationship with Modernity, technology, and visual media. If he had lived long enough, Sholem Aleichem would have adopted other media in addition to fiction writing. This professional piece of writing should find its audience in students of Jewish literature and cinema. --Brian Horowitz, Tulane University

"The Disenchanted Tailor" is an enrapturing investigation of not only a virtually unknown moment in the career of the author commonly dubbed the "father of modern Yiddish literature," but a whole world of buried histories and startling associations. Ber Kotlerman's earlier "In Search of Milk and Honey" was a groundbreaking achievement of Yiddish arts history and critique. Here Kotlerman does it once again. --Shelley Salamensky, University of California, Los Angeles

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