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Based on 15 Critics
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • What makes the movie succeed is that Dorman doesn't only focus on the life of Aleichem (who had a tendency to build fortunes and then lose them), but a look at a society long gone and the legacy and traditions they and Aleichem left to Jews around the world today. show more

  • Both the man and his times resist a compact 93 minutes. This much anguished history, and Aleichem's inspired literary response to that history, has difficulties being confined to conventional documentary feature length. Yet Dorman's touch is sure, his pacing fleet and his chorus of voices marvelous. show more

  • There are many scholars and critics here, most of them useful and pleasant, who obviously love him. Most remarkably, there is his granddaughter, Bel Kaufman, still looking terrific at 100, who had writing in her blood and wrote "Up the Down Staircase." show more

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  • August 17, 2011 moimeme04
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    Informative to a limited extient; not sufficient concetration on his life and family. A large chunk of the film is devoted to his characters and their cultural influence.

  • August 06, 2011 lanzel2
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    wow it was unexpected. A rich and interesting story of a great story teller.

  • August 01, 2011 pbesmer
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    Great movie and story about one of the greatest writers in our past. Was engaginging during the entire movie ... Much more than a simple bio, it connects SA to the history of the Easturn European Jews and their place in Czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th Century

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