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

The Komediant


Sponsored By

May & Gerald Cohen Fund for Yiddish
at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto

Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries Israel, United States
Year 1999
Running Time 82 MIN
Languages English, Hebrew, Yiddish
Subtitles English
Director Arnon Goldfinger

Tagged In The Following Film Lists


“Absolutely wonderful.” (Mel Brooks)

“This marvellous film chronicles a time that was a part of all our lives.” (Carl Reiner)

TJFF presents the Canadian Premiere of the new restoration of the classic film by Arnon Golfinger (The Flat)--perhaps the best documentary ever made about the Yiddish theatre. The late Pesach’ke Burstein was one of the most acclaimed Yiddish theatre actors of his day. His compulsive drive to succeed, supported by his actress wife Lillian Lux, adversely affected his family. Daughter Susan felt compelled to leave the acting profession entirely and Pesach’ke’s equally famous son, Mike Burstyn (star of the Kuni Lemel films), angered his father when he sought fame beyond the Yiddish theatre. Susan Burstein-Roth, Mike Burstyn, Lillian Lux and actor Fyvush Finkel (A Serious Man) are among those interviewed in this lively and revealing slice of Jewish history.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Arnon Goldfinger and Star Mike Burstyn
Co-presented With
Reviews “The film sparkles with the wisdom and humor of its subjects.” - Los Angeles Times
“A dream of a documentary.” - TV Guide
“As charming, humorous and heimisch as its nomadic subjects.” - Newsday