Jewish Cult Classics Marathon
Offering some of the edgiest Jewish movies from decades past, our film marathon brings classic and obscure favorites at a price that can’t be beat. Pass the popcorn.
The Plot Against Harry; 12:00 pm
American, 1969, 81 min.
Deadpan, small-time Kosher Nostra mobster Harry Plotnick (Martin Priest) goes meshugge when he gets into the catering biz with ex-brother-in-law, Leo (Ben Lang). Described by the Village Voice as “a post-Jarmusch comedy made when Jarmusch was still in grammar school,” Michael Roemer's film is cinéma-vérité, shot on the streets in black-and-white with sly camera movements and naturalistic sound.
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob); 1:30 pm
French/Italian, 1973, 100 min.
Considered a masterpiece of French comedy, bigoted Frenchman Louis DeFunes accidentally gets mixed up in an Arab nationalist uprising while en route to his daughter’s wedding and is forced to disguise himself as a popular American rabbi. The film’s sociological statements are pepped up with heavy slapstick. In French, with English subtitles.
The Troupe* (Ha’Lahaka); 3:30 pm
Israeli, 1978, 112 min.
Avi Nesher’s A Chorus Line in army boots, this offbeat musical follows a dozen members of the military entertainment troupe whose mission is to entertain the Israeli Army following the Six-Day War in 1967. As the New York Times said, “The score sounds like Hair as it might be performed by the New Christy Minstrels.” With Gidi Gov, Meir "Poogy" Fenigstein and Gali Atari. In Hebrew, with English subtitles.
*Film may not be suitable for children.
Advance reservations required.
Call 415.292.1233 or email Arts@jccsf.org
Sunday, Mar 30
Starts at: 12:00 pm