Ost und West

V'18

Ost und West

Sidney M. Goldin
A, 1923
91min, stumm, dZT

Bild: Filmarchiv Austria Bild: Filmarchiv Austria

Ost und West

Sidney M. Goldin
A, 1923
, 91min, stumm, dZT

Cast: 
Molly Picon
Jacob Kalich
Eugen Neufeld
Simon Nathan
Laura Glücksmann
Salomon Zucker
Paula Dreiblatt
Eugen Preiss
Emmy Flemmich
Sidney M. Goldin
Screenplay: 
Eugen Preiss
Sidney M. Goldin

Production: 
Listo-Filmfabrik, Wien
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Between 1919 and 1925 Austria produced a handful of films set in a Jewish milieu and tailored to Jewish audiences. These included Sidney M. Goldin’s outstanding comedy OST UND WEST (“East and West”), in which Eastern orthodox and Western assimilated Jews meet. Molly and her father, a millionaire who had immigrated to the United States, have travelled to Poland for the wedding of a close relative. The cheeky and exuberant young woman, who in her free time doesn’t shy away from donning boxing gloves, takes little interest in tradition and the simple life of the shtetl. Thus misunderstandings are preprogrammed when Molly stages a wedding ceremony with a Talmud student, Ruben, just for the fun of it. What was intended as a game suddenly becomes deadly serious because, according to Jewish rites, wearing a ring on her finger means that she is married ... (Filmarchiv Austria)

Live music: KMET

Sidney M. Goldin: HEAR YE, ISRAEL (1915), THE GATES OF DOOM (1919), FÜHRE UNS NICHT IN VERSUCHUNG (1922), OST UND WEST aka MAZEL TOV (1923), MY JEWISH MOTHER (1930)