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The Singing Blacksmith

Filmed in a slapdash shtetl that was assembled in New Jersey, this 1938 was one of three Yiddish films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. It may not be the best of them (that honor goes to Green Fields), but its warmth and trust seem especially meaningful in light of the mad, despairing noirs of the last half of his career (Detour, Tomorrow We Live). The original Yiddish title was Yankl der Shmid. 95 min.

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