Events

"Jewish Luck" (1925) Yiddish Silent Film: Selected Scenes Scored
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 8:00pm to Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:00pm
"Jewish Luck" (1925) Yiddish Silent Film: Selected Scenes Scored

What: A screening of selected scenes from the silent film "Jewish Luck" (1925) with scores collaboratively written and performed by PSU students under the direction of Artist-in-Residence, David Spear
When: Monday, December 11th at 8:00pm
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact: School of Music & Theater - Ian Wallace | iwallace@pdx.edu | 503-725-3011
Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies - Stacey Johnston | stacey8@pdx.edu | 503-725-8449

Please join us for a performance of selected scenes from the Yiddish silent film "Jewish Luck" (1925) with music composed and performed live by PSU Music students under the direction of 2017 Artist-in-Residence David Spear.

The silent film Jewish Luck (1925) was among the first Soviet Yiddish films to be released in the US during the 1920s. Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories, the film revolves around the daydreaming entrepreneur Menakhem Mendl who specializes in doomed strike-it-rich schemes.

Jewish Luck features some of the finest artistic talents of Soviet Jewry during this period. The original Russian intertitles were written by renowned Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel, who later became a victim of the Stalinist purges in the late 1930s.


Thanks to the restoration of Jewish Luck by the National Center for Jewish Film, the moving “images” of Sholem Aleichem’s philosophical daydreamer have been miraculously preserved. A new score will allow contemporary audiences to view and ultimately “hear” this classic Russian Yiddish silent film.

Sponsored by the School of Music & Theater and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.