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Overture to Glory

Directed by Max Nosseck

USA | 85 minutes | 1940

Yiddish with English subtitles

The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue, played by the great real-life cantor Moishe Oysher, leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera. He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame and notoriety with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community. Featuring perhaps the most convincing scenes of synagogue life in any fiction film, Overture to Glory begins during the morning service on Rosh Hashanah and ends at Kol Nidre, making the story a kind of redemptive journey during the days of awe.
Director Max Nosseck
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1940
Language(s) Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 85 minutes
Principal Cast Moyshe Oysher, Florence Weiss, Maurice Krohner,
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