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Clifford Odets Set

Clifford Odets Set

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Item Number:
KUL D2584
260 min.
Closed Caption:
Kultur International Films, Ltd
Set includes:

Awake and Sing!

Walter Matthau heads the cast of this television re-creation of Clifford Odets' 1935 Broadway play - the first full-length work performed on the commercial stage by the legendary Group Theatre. This portrait of a Jewish family in a Bronx tenement perfectly captures the spirit of the dpression years, and is suffused with details of character and place that combine to be effecting even now. The Bergers, burdened by financial difficulties, have taken in a border - Moe Axelrod (Matthau) - who lost a leg in World War I. Cynical and outspoken, Moe adds a spark to the somewhat accepting lives of the Bergers. The family fights to survive on sixteen dollars a week while the intellectual Marxist-leaning grandfather (brilliantly played by famed Yiddish theatre star, Leo Fuchs) tries futilely to spur his family to action with the injunction, "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust." (Isaiah 26:19) Also starring Ruth Storey, Felicia Farr, Robert Lipton, Martin Ritt, Ron Rifkin, Milton Selzer, and John Myhers.

Paradise Lost

Tony-Award winner Bernadette Peters, Eli Wallach, Fred Gwynne and Jo Van Fleet star in Clifford Odets' moving evocation of the Depression. Set in 1932, Paradise Lost unfolds in the modest two-family home of Leo and Clara Gordon, as misfortune strikes them. This controversial play was the author's favorite; conveying what one critic calls Odets' "rich, compassionate, angry feelings for people". "It is my hope," wrote Odets, "that when people see (it), they're going to be glad they're alive. And I hope that after they've seen it, they'll turn to strangers sitting next to them and say 'hello.'"

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