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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

An Evening with Zero Mostel


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 1963
Running Time 60 MIN
Language English
Director David Pressman

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Zero Mostel’s larger-than-life presence commands the stage in this rarely-seen one-man television special, accompanied only by pianist Samuel Matlovsky. This production was made between his two biggest Broadway successes—shortly after A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and the year before he created the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Playfully eschewing segues, Mostel performs a diverse selection of stand-up, dramatic monologues, songs and pantomime, and in doing so, sends up the traditional structure of a one-man show. Directed by fellow blacklistee David Pressman, Zero demonstrates here what made him such a dynamic and singular performer.

Part of the special archival series, JACK + ZERO.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Filmmaker Michael Pressman, the son of director David Pressman, in conversation with Joe Gilford
Co-presented With