The Shabbat Queen

56 Minutes, 1966
Short Film
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Cast: Hanna Rovina, Mike Burstein, Shmuel Rodensky, Raphael Klatchkin, Aharon Meskin
Production:Margot Klausner
Original Music: Noam Schriff
Language: Hebrew
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The film, which opens with the caption ‘The Sabbath Queen – a film tale by Shraga Friedman’ was produced by Margot Klausner for German television. Directed by Ilan Eldad and written by Sharga Friedman, the film was inspired by the works of Shmuel Yosef (S.Y.) Agnon, Y.L. Peretz, and Haim Nahman Bialik. The result is a stunning colourful collage of sorts, boasting a set design that looks like a cross between Chagall’s paintings and German Expressionism, featuring abstract impressions of the concept of Shabbat, devoid of any and all plot. Oded Teomi, a modern-day native Israeli (aka ‘Sabra’) gets caught in the memory of a Jewish shtetl and observes the lives of its locals on the Sabbath eve. All the festivities and dancing come to an abrupt end with a shot ringing out – echoing the pogroms and the memory of the Holocaust.

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