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Hava Nagila: The Movie

By REBECCA JACOBSON
[THREE NIGHTS ONLY] Like most people with some Jewish blood, I have an ambivalent relationship with the ubiquitous Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila” (when I was about 6, I kicked my shoe across the dance floor at a wedding and had to shamefacedly dart across the circle to retrieve it). I’m also ambivalent about Roberta Grossman’s documentary, which traces the tune from its debated roots to its maligned present, along the way introducing us to some frankly ridiculous iterations: a death-metal take, a rendition by some Real Housewives bimbos, a burlesque version in Thailand. Those interpretations are good for a laugh, but the same can’t be said of the strained voice-over narration, which strives for folksy jollity but just comes off cheesy.
 

Special Note

Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Friday-Sunday, July 26-28
 
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Running Time: 73 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Starring: Rusty Schwimmer [Narrator]
  • Directed by: Roberta Grossman [Director], Sophie Sartain [Screenwriter], Roberta Grossman [Producer], Sophie Sartain [Producer], Marta Kauffman [Producer], Lisa Thomas [Executive Producer], Dyanna Taylor [Cinematographer], Christian Callister [Film Editor], Mark Adler [Original Music]
  • Visit the Movie Website | Watch the trailer
 

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