Saturday, August 26, 2017

Leo Fuchs: Ich Vil Zeyn a Boarder (1937)


Ich Vil Zeyn a Boarder (“I Want to be a Boarder”), a 1937 short film by Joseph Seiden and starring Leo Fuchs and Yetta Zwerling: The National Center for Jewish Film, which completed the restoration of this 15-minute film in 1986 to the quality that you now see, writes: “A small classic of Yiddish absurdism (made from outtakes from the Joseph Seiden feature I Want to Be a Mother) showcases Leo Fuchs’ comic virtuosity. Fuchs and Yetta Zwerling play a husband and wife who seek to reignite their marriage by pretending to be landlady and tenant in a flurry of comic role-reversals.” It’s all good fun. Leo Fuchs [1911–1994] was born into a Yiddish theatrical family in Warsaw, Poland. He made his American debut at the Second Avenue Theater—located in New York City’s Yiddish Theatre District—in Lucky Boy with Moishe Oysher in 1929.

2 comments:

  1. My parents and I went to see almost every single Yiddish play on Second Avenue from about 1944 until about 1960. I saw both Leo Fuchs and Yetta Zwerling perform. I admired Fuchs and absolutely adored Zwerling.

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  2. I can see why; from what I can see in this clip, both are outstanding performers.

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