"Enemies, a love story", 1989
Splendor and Kitsch. Hollywood-Style Adaptations of Works by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Film cycle.
1949. Herman Broder (Ron Silver), having miraculously escaped the Holocaust, is convinced that his wife, Tamara (Anjelica Huston) has perished. He marries a former servant, Yadwiga, who saved him during the war. The couple leaves for New York to start a new life in the shadow of the Wonder Wheel on Coney Island. It soon turns out that Tamara is still alive. But these are not all the women that Herman is emotionally involved with. The film received three Oscar nominations, including for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin.
Our special guest will be Małgorzata Zajączkowska, who plays Jadwiga in a film.
This August, join us for film adaptations of prose works by Isaac Bashevis Singer, each of which has something unique to offer. The musical Yentl, directed by and starring Barbra Streisand, received an Oscar for Best Original Score and four nominations in other categories, as well as three nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award – including worst score and worst actor. The Magician of Lublin, made with Hollywood-style opulence, evokes the familiar pleasure of watching bad films – this only adaptation of Singer’s best known novel hardly stirred up the enthusiasm of critics. The Enemies of Paul Mazursky on the other hand, features an assortment of extraordinary female personalities and roles, two of which – Anjelica Huston and Lena Olin – were nominated for the Oscars. The troubled life of Herman Broder, a Holocaust survivor, presented in the film, abounds in humorous situations having to do with the plurality of women the protagonist has married and cannot live without.
Join us for a mixture of splendor, kitsch, fatalism, farce, great prose and Hollywood-style trimmings!
Program of the cycle:
August 14, 7 p.m. – The Magician of Lublin, dir. Menahem Golan
August 21, 7 p.m. – Enemies, a love story, dir. Paul Mazursky
August 28, 7 p.m. – Yentl, dir. Barbra Streisand