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Overture to Glory

USA, Yiddish, 85 mins

Original Title

Der Vilner Balebesl
  • Director: Max Nosseck
  • Writer: Mark Arnshtein; Ossip Dymow
  • Producer: Ira Greene; Ludwig Landy

CGiii Comment

The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue, played by the great real-life cantor Moishe Oysher, leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera. He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame and notoriety with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community. Featuring perhaps the most convincing scenes of synagogue life in any fiction film, Overture to Glory begins during the morning service on Rosh Hashanah and ends at Kol Nidre, making the story a kind of redemptive journey during the days of awe.


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Cast & Characters

Moyshe Oysher as Yoel Duvid Strashunsky;
Florence Weiss as Chana Strashunsky, his wife;
Maurice Kroner as Aaron, his father-in-law;
John Mylong as Stanislaw Maniusko;
Helen Beverly as Wanda Mirova;
Baby Winkler as Peretz Strashunsky;
Benjamin Fishbein as Nute, the stadtl shamez [sexton];
Lazar Freed as The Stadtl Rabbi;
Erika Zaranoya as Jadwiga Godliewska, blond diva;
Ivan Busatt as Director of the Opera;
Leonard Elliott as Tilchinski, orchestra conductor;
Max Willenz as The Warsaw Shamez [sexton];
Hermann Blass as The Costume Supervisor;
Omus Hirschbein as Peretz's Pal;
Werner Bass as The Pianist

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