Dir. Joseph Green and Konrad Tom (97min, Poland/USA, 1938) 
In Yiddish with English Subtitles
Mid-Atlantic Premiere (restored version)

Sponsored by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund honoring the memory and musical legacy of Arthur Tracy.

Molly Picon shines as Mamele, in this newly restored digital version from The National Center For Jewish Film. Busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters, she has little time for herself, until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard!

Set in Lodz, this musical comedy embraces the diverse gamut of interwar Jewish life in Poland, with its no-goodniks and the unemployed, nightclubs and gangsters, and religious Jews celebrating Sukkot.

Sponsored by the Arthur Tracy ‘The Street Singer’ Endowment Fund honoring the memory and musical legacy of Arthur Tracy – the renowned radio, stage and screen singer and entertainer whose talent delighted millions around the world – the arts programs supported by this fund continue Tracy’s ability to entertain for years to come.

Co-Sponsored by the Esther Saks Abelman Yiddish Culture Fund.

Part of the Spotlight on Polish Cinema. Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Co-Presented by Kosciuszko Foundation, Poles and Friends of Poland, and Ring House

Lisa Rivo, Co-Director for The National Center for Jewish Film, in conversation at the March 2 screening.


Joseph Green (1900–1996) was born in Lodz, Poland. He studied drama in German-occupied Warsaw during World War I, then moved to Berlin, where he joined an offshoot of the celebrated Yiddish acting company the Vilna Troupe. Green emigrated to the United States in 1924, but returned to Poland to produce and direct four Yiddish language feature films, all of which met with great success: Yiddle with His Fiddle (Yidl mitn Fidl) in 1936; The Jester (Der Purimspiler) in 1937; Mamele in 1938; and Letter to Mother (A Brivele der Mamen) in 1939.

Konrad Tom was born on April 9, 1887 in Warsaw, Poland, He was a writer and actor, known for Ksiazatko, Ada, Don't Do That! and Mamale


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