Aharon Meskin: A Face and a Mask

26 Minutes, 1968
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Directed by: Bella Baram
Photographer: David Perlov, David Gurfinkel
Original Music: Yochanan Deri
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A heartening portrait of Israeli national theatre, Habima’s stage star, Aharon Meskin, commissioned ahead of the actor’s 70th birthday. In the film, Meskin who had been an officer in the Red Army during the Russian Revolution, and who later was invited to join the Habima Theatre Group in its earliest, Moscow-based iteration, showcases highlights of his most memorable stage work throughout his prolific career (including performances in Othello, King Lear, Death of a Salesman, and many more.) Director Bella Baram takes a freestyle approach in the film with a host of domestic scenes, and a very much sixties-esque, freewheeling style of cinematography and editing, without inundating viewers with too many talking heads. The famously expressive, deep-voiced Meskin emerges here as a truly versatile but above all else, human figure. All these years later, the film leaves one with a tinge of longing or at the very least, some degree of curiosity about Habima’s all-time greatest stage performers whose names may be commemorated in some way or another, but whose body of work and art is likely lost to the present-day general public.

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