The Light Ahead (1939)

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • 1h 34m
  • USA

Known as one of the greatest Russian shtetl films, this restored 1939 classic by Edgar G. Ulmer—adapted from a Mendele Mokher Sforim tale—is a sweetly romantic part-comedy, part-satire. Featuring actors from New York’s Artef and Yiddish Art Theaters, the story follows an impoverished young couple, Fishke and Hodel, in their fictional village of Glupsk, near Odessa. They want to get married, and they dream of a future that transcends their own limitations and the constraints of the world. Ulmer, known as a master of film noir, turns the couple’s aspirations into a meditation on hope, love, and the Jewish faith. World premiere of the new 4K digital restoration by The National Center for Jewish Film.

FLC members are invited to a NYJFF Film Club on Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm for a discussion of The Light Ahead featuring J. Hoberman and Dan Sullivan. See more details here. Not a member? Join today to receive an invite!

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Edgar G. Ulmer



Bonus Content

New York Jewish Film Festival Trailer
The Light Ahead Q+A

A conversation with Sharon Rivo and Lisa Rivo, co-directors of the National Center for Jewish Film moderated by Aviva Weintraub, director of the New York Jewish Film Festival.

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