Overture To Glory

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Oysher is a cantor who longs for the world of opera. He leaves his wife and child to fulfill his passion, but eventually loses his voice and humbly returns to his village on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. He learns that his son has passed away, and grief-stricken, he goes to the synagogue. There, Oysher regains his voice as he performs Kol Nidre...read more

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Oysher is a cantor who longs for the world of opera. He leaves his wife and child to fulfill his passion, but eventually loses his voice and humbly returns to his village on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. He learns that his son has passed away, and grief-stricken, he goes to the

synagogue. There, Oysher regains his voice as he performs Kol Nidre in a passionate and melodious rendering. The film ends dramatically as Oysher collapses and dies upon the altar. It is not the best of films, hampered by slow direction and occasional lapses in the photography. However, it is an

important film for several reasons. At the time of the film's release, the culture portrayed here was being effectively wiped out by Hitler and the Nazi regime. OVERTURE TO GLORY is thus an important record of Eastern European Jewry. Also, this story (based on a supposedly true Jewish folk tale)

was specifically written for the talents of Oysher. He was one of the last of the great Yiddish performers, and he gives a fine interpretation of the role. The Yiddish theater had been an important source for talent in turn-of-the-century New York, producing such names as Fanny Brice and George

Jessel. OVERTURE TO GLORY gives the modern-day audience a brief glimpse at what one of those theater pieces may have looked like. (In Yiddish; English subtitles.)

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