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Press

“More than an examination of the contradictory life of the celebrated humorist and storyteller, it’s a compelling cinematic look at the complex world of Eastern European Jews.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

“A rich … modern history of East European Jewry. Conjures the look and vitality of shtetl life so vividly you can almost … smell the pungent aromas of the cooking.”
—Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Superb… Like Dorman’s earlier work “Arguing the World” – a study of the eminent 20th-century Jewish intellectual frenemies – his Sholem Aleichem documentary is a highly accessible and sharply drawn film.”
–Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post 

“ Wonderfully rich, like one of Tevye’s monologues, Joseph Dorman’s “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” captures the spirit of a man and his times. Dorman’s touch is sure, his pacing fleet and his chorus of voices marvelous.”
–Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune 

“New Documentary Follows Leading Yiddish Writer’s Life in New York City”
–Joseph Berger, New York Times 

“It is a source of wonder to see how a 93-minute film biography of a man whose life occurred largely before the advent of moving pictures… could be made… Director Joseph Dorman has achieved something great, and greatly moving.”
—Marion D.S. Dreyfus, American Thinker

“An invigorating and fascinating biographical documentary that should be required viewing for anyone with a love for the written word.”
—Phil Hall, FilmThreat.com

“This is not only a story of Sholem Aleichem, it’s a story of a people, a place, a changing world and a language.
–Popcorn Diary

Intelligent. Lively. Revealing.”
—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Brilliantly absorbing.  Dorman does a magnificent job of explaining the historical context in which Sholem Aleichem worked.  Plus the still photography is to die for.”
Judith Gelman Myers, Hadassah Magazine

“FASCINATING!  Just as ABSORBING as Arguing the World, Dorman’s previous scintillating documentary.”
—Miriam Rinn, Jewish Week

“A wonderful look at the amazing life of one of the XX century’s most beloved writers!!!”
—Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons Den Radio

 

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