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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Yiddish King Lear (1935, Harry Thomashefsky)

TitleYiddish King Lear
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorHarry Thomashefsky
Length1 hrs, 26 mins
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


The Weisbaden filmography cites this as "a modern version." The title may seem to remove it far afield from Shakespeare but on second thought, one realizes that this Yiddish adaptation gives yet more evidence of Shakespeare's universality. This is one reason why today he still remains such a powerful cultural symbol

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastEsther Adler
CastMaurice Krohner
CastFannie Levenstein
CastJeanette Paskewitsch

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorHarry Thomashefsky

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell