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A Cantor's Tale Details

  • Release Date: Sep 05, 2006
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Genres: Documentary


Filmmaker Erik Greenburg Anjou explores the "golden age" of the Jewish liturgical music known as "chazzanut" in a soulful meditation on the cantors and songs that drove the once-popular movement. As a child, future performer, teacher, and Cantors Assembly president Jacob Mendelson marveled at the singers who frequently performed at the local synagogue. High profile vocalists whose fans were every bit as fervent as those of Frank Sinatra, these performers were prevalent not only on Brooklyn's Jewish radio station, but in film and theater as well. Historical footage of the legendary cantors performing in old, Yiddish-language films captures the magic of the music that had countless fans singing along, and a guided tour of the sights and erstwhile locations of Mendelson's childhood haunts show just what a lasting impact the chazzanut has had on contemporary Jewish culture despite its fading popularity. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 5, 2006