Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness Poster

Release Date: August 5th, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 12th, 2013

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Joseph Dorman presents the life, work and legacy of the Yiddish writer who used the vernacular of the common man.

Cast: Alan Rosenberg, Rachel Dratch

Director: Joseph Dorman

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: International Film Circuit [us]

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Offers well-chosen selections from Aleichem's darkly humorous work. 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

  • 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

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