Skip to main content
31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Jack + Zero


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Running Time 158 MIN
Language English

Tagged In The Following Film Lists


A special screening series honouring two legends of American theatre, film and television–Jack Gilford and Zero Mostel. Children of Jewish Immigrants, best friends, and survivors of the Blacklist.

Both began their careers at Cafe Society in New York, the politically-engaged and racially-integrated cabaret, where they performed on the same bill with artists like Billie Holiday. As they resumed their careers after the blacklist lifted, they redefined Jewish performance in landmark musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret and The World of Sholom Aleichem. Both men were rooted in a vaudeville performance style, but turned that style on its head and brought a worldly and playful sophistication to it as well.

This special curated series explores their unique talents, performance styles, as well as the history that shaped them.
Series consists of one outdoor screening and four online programmes. All are free to the public.

Presentation Details

Co-presented With