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27TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 2-12, 2019

The Making of a President, 1944

Archival

Screening Information

May 5 - 1:00PM
Alliance Francaise
May 5 - 3:30PM
Alliance Francaise

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1978
Running Time 60 MIN
Language English
Director Robert Stevens
Cast Melvyn Douglas,Nehemiah Persoff,Paul Soles,Paul Kligman,Alfie Scopp,Harvey Atkin,Mike Myers

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Description

A funny and endearing portrait of Jewish life in wartime Sault Ste. Marie, based on a short story by Morley Torgov. When the mayor invites the president of the Jewish congregation to speak at the town’s upcoming ecumenical war bonds rally, the Jewish elders see this as a window of possible acceptance by the non-Jewish leaders of the town. Unfortunately, the president has just quit and nobody in their right mind wants the thankless position. Who can they find to properly represent the Jews of the town? A sadly-forgotten CBC teleplay starring Melvyn Douglas, Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Soles, Paul Kligman, Alfie Scopp, Harvey Atkin and a fifteen-year-old Mike Myers.

Presentation Details

Guests Producer Robert Sherrin, writer Morley Torgov, actors Paul Soles and Luba Goy, moderated by TV critic Bill Brioux
Co-presented With

Sponsored By

Shirley Granovsky
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