Half and Half

88 Minutes, 1971
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Directed by: Boaz Davidson
Cast: Assi Dayan, Nissim Azikri, Zeev Berlinsky, David Baruch, Yossi Pollak, Aliza Itzhaki, Nachum Buchman, Shmuel Wolf, Tzvi Shissel
Production:Assi Dayan, Moshe Golan
Production Company:D.G.S Partnership
Photographer: David Gurfinkel
Original Music: David Krivoshei
Language: Hebrew
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Boaz Davidson’s second film at the director’s helm is a comedy set in the rundown, dilapidated old streets of early seventies Tel Aviv as captured, in all their grime and glory, through David Gurfinkel’s camera lens.
Once a week, Grossman the baker buys a national lottery raffle ticket along with his business partner, Levy. They cut the ticket in half and await the results of the raffle. One day, reading the paper, Grossman realises that he has the winning ticket with a total prize money of £100,000 [*Israeli pounds, pre-shekel currency – EE] – only his partner Levy who is, of course, in possession of the other half suddenly ups and dies. Grossman and his family hatch a plan to sneak into Levy’s home and steal the other half but in the meantime, the deceased’s daughter has already rented the flat out to a pair of petty criminals who have found the coveted piece of paper and are now, themselves, after the other half. Meanwhile, a rival bakery is trying to sabotage Grossman’s business. From this moment, as per tradition and genre conventions, the plot thickens.
Davidson co-wrote the script with Assi Dayan and Nissim Azikri. The film is also fondly remembered for singer Arik Einstein’s hit song, ‘Lo al HaHetzi Levado’ (not by the half only), which featured on the soundtrack.

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