The Israel Film Service Collection

A Portrait of an Artist: Mordecai Ardon

30 Minutes, 1979
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Directed by: Yona Zaretsky
Production:Igal Efrati, Shmuel Altman
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Uzzi Fishler, Daphne Yoram
Original Music: Zvi Avni
Narrator: Ofira Shor
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An Israel Film Service documentary.
In one of his earliest memories, Mordecai Ardon remembers himself laying in his bed, watching circles of moonlight projected on the ceiling. “I’ve forgotten many things from my childhood, but this remained, and maybe this is my first encounter with the abstract,” recalls the Israeli painter, who left his Jewish-religious home in Galicia to devote himself to his art. However, Judaism remained one of the main themes in his works: “I’m intrigued by the question ‘what is a Jew?’ what is the essence of being a Jew, what characterizes the Jew, especially in art,” he admits. Interviews with Ardon, his son Michael, and other figures from the Israeli art scene help portray the artist’s career path.


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