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Happy Birthday Molly!
March 3 , 4:00 pm
Celebrate legendary actress Molly Picon’s 121st birhtday! Join us for a film screening of the silent classic East and West (1923) accompanied by musicians Pete Sokolow and Michael Winograd(Klezmer Trio, Sandaraa) performing an exuberant original score written by Sokolow and Henry Sapoznik.
This delightful comedy that scholar Jeffrey Shandler famously called “anti-nostalgic” features classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is filmmaker Goldin’s affectionate appreciation of the differences and tensions inherent in immigration.
Restored by The National Center for Jewish Film (www.jewishfilm.org) with new English intertitles, this important film also raises questions East versus West, immigration, diaspora, and identity that continue to resonate today.
Presented by American Jewish Historical Society, Carnegie Hall, YIVO Institute, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History & Center for Jewish History
Tickets: $15 general; $10 AJHS/CJH/YIVO members, seniors, students in advance; $18 at the door