Green Fields

A wistful Talmudic scholar from the city gets a job as a tutor with a rural peasant family and finds romance in Edgar G. Ulmer’s first Yiddish-language film (1937), based on a popular play by Peretz Hirschbein and codirected with Jacob Ben-Ami. (Presumably Ben-Ami handled the actors while Ulmer was in charge of the camera.) A sweet mixture of domestic sitcom, soap opera, Jewish folklore, and Ulmer’s strikingly angled and characteristically dreamy mise en scene; with Herschel Bernardi and Michael Goldstein. (JR)

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