The Snail

80 Minutes, 1970
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Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Cast: Arik Einstein, Uri Zohar, Zeev Revach, Judith Sole
Production:Tzvi Shissel
Production Company:Hagar Films Ltd.
Photographer: Nurit Aviv
Original Music: Shalom Hanoch
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll all blend together here in this cult classic that is also director, Boaz Davidson’s debut film, featuring Tel Aviv’s hedonistic art, comedy, and music collective – Lul. The film follows the style and aesthetics of all the big screen musicals of the sixties and is especially influenced by The Beatles’ own films. In the film, Einstein plays a fictional version of himself. The film’s main storyline has Einstein sitting with still photographer, Alona Einstein, with whom he shares stories about his life and the recording of his new, forthcoming album. From there, the film cuts to a series of sketches and songs that have since become cast iron staples of Israeli culture, including the sketch where Uri Zohar gives Tzvi Shissel a karate lesson… in Yiddish, the divorce sketch at the rabbinate offices, and the songs What Do you Do When you Get up in the Morning (‘ma ata ose ksheata kam baboker’), Take thyself a Wife (‘kach lecha isha’), and Why Should I Take it to Heart (‘lama li lakachat lalev’).

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