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A CANTOR ON TRIAL
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
Written by Isidor Lillian
Music by Sholom Secunda
1931
10 minutes (a short), B & W
Released in the United States in August 1931.
 



Cantor Louis "Leibele" Waldman
 
 

This short film features Louis "Leibele" Waldman playing three different parts: an old-world Eastern European then a German auditioning to be the synagogue cantor. Displeased with what they've heard and unable to agree, the synagogue committee is visited by Leibele's agent who offers them a third alternative: a modern and American Chazan, with "pep and jazz," who can do Kol Nidre with a "two-step" and Unetaneh Tokef with a "black bottom."

-- Jewish Music Research Centre

 

Here is the short in its entirety (10 mins., 25 secs.)

 

 

 


 




 

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