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Yidl Mitn Fidl

Molly Picon, 1898 - 1992

"The wedding scene...took over thirty consecutive hours to film. The food had to be truly kosher, because we hired Orthodox Jewish men, women and children of Kazimierez to be guests. As we filmed, they ate, and for the successive shots of the table, the food had to be replenished, over and over again... Our poverty stricken guests couldn't figure out what was happening. They thought they had been invited to a real wedding..."

In 1937, Picon and Kalich filmed Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yiddle with his Fiddle) in Poland. Yidl is the story of a young girl who dresses up as a boy so she and her father can earn a living as traveling musicians. Kalich's first Yiddish musical, the film not only explores the by now familiar themes of cross-dressing, but is a genuine attempt to document urban and rural Eastern European Jewish experience.

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Yiddle Mitn Fiddle - Poland
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Yiddle Mitn Fiddle - Poland
Notes: 
  1. "The wedding scene..." Picon, Molly & Bergantini Grillo, Jean, Molly! (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980) 66.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Molly Picon - Yidl Mitn Fidl." (Viewed on April 19, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/picon/yidl-mitn-fidl>.