Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jewish Film Festival 2015 - The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

     Its that time of the year again. Its the Jewish Film Festival in Manhattan. I love it . This year promises to have some really good films. I saw my first film of the festival yesterday.The film was called 'The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer.'. It was a documentary about some of  the women who helped him translate his Yiddish written books into English.
     I had wondered about how Singer had thought up the many love stories that he wrote. Were they based  on his own experiences or were they merely the works of an imaginative mind? As the film unfolded I realized that the romantic escapades of his characters were based on his own life.
      Singer's translators were all female. In the film the women who were interviewed were interviewed  at their current ages. This made for some unintended humor. Sometimes they showed pictures of these women in their youth and often not.
        Half the fun of watching films at the  New York Film Festival is seeing who is in the audience. Two women who were in the film were in the audience. One of the women was interviewed in the film , the other was in a clip of the film. She sat three people away from me in the audience.
       The other joy was the question and answer session at the end of the film. It added an extra dimension to the film.
        If this film ever pops up elsewhere I would recommend it.

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