Sarit

101 Minutes, 1974
Genre:
Feature
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Directed by: George Obadiah
Cast: Dahlia Friedland, Haya Katzir, Yigal Bashan, Yardena Arazi, Nachum Buchman, Avraham Ronai, Elisheva Michaeli, Gita Luka, Mani Peer
Production:Dan Shemer, George Obadiah, Shimon Armeh
Production Company:Youz Films
Photographer: Amnon Salomon
Language: Hebrew
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Director George Obadiah’s melodrama opens on a theatre stage where famed actress, Sarit (Dalia Friedland), and Habima National Theatre’s leading man, Nahum Buchman (playing himself), are acting out Othello and Desdemona’s strangulation scene from William Shakespeare’s famous play. Offstage, life imitates art when Sarit discovers her husband has been cheating on her and in a fit of jealous rage, kills him. She is sentenced to life in prison.
Sarit gives birth to a boy and surrenders custody to her assistant (Yardena Arazi). The assistant, who has a singing and dancing club act at nights, is unable to look after the boy and gives him up for adoption to a rich family. Years later, Sarit gets out of prison and wants to be near her son, Avi (Yigal Bashan). She ends up getting a job with the family that had adopted him as their housekeeper. Avi has no inkling whatsoever that the new help is in fact his birth mother. This is a secret Sarit intends to keep; all the while trying to stop her son from making the same fateful mistakes as his father.
Sarit was a smash hit at the box office and was watched in cinemas by over 300,000 people. The film’s soundtrack is bursting with original music, with ‘Stars Don’t Lie’ (‘kochavim lo meshakrim’ – written by Avi Koren and composed by Yigal Bashan), perhaps being the most memorable entry.

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