DVD Release: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Docurama/New Video/Cinedigm


Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness movie sceneSholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness is a 2011 documentary film on the legendary Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, who remains best known for creating the character of Tevye the Dairyman, who later became the leading player of the hit 1964 Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.

The movie tells the tale of Eastern European Jew Aleichem, a rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, Aleichem captured that world with insightful humor. As scholars look at it now, Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it.

Directed by Joseph Dorman, the unrated Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness had a limited release to theaters in July, 2011, where it received positive praise from the critics.

Bonus features include a pair of making-the featurettes.

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