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Molly Picon in "East and West"

Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson's 1923 Austrian classic, East and West is the story of a young American woman (Molly Picon) who travels with her father back to Galicia for a family wedding and falls in love with a young yeshiva scholar (Jacob Kalich) who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart. It is the oldest surviving Yiddish film.

In this clip, Molly has just snuck out of Yom Kippur services starving. Ignoring the traditional fast, Molly gorges herself on the preprepared family feast while the rest of her family remains in the synagogue.

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