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Thread #39368 Message #558064
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Sep-01 - 04:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Yiddle on Your Fiddle Play...Ragtime
Subject: Yiddle On Your Fiddle
Well, I found out here (click) that it might be a movie, or the theme from the movie. There's also an Irving Berlin song called "Yiddle On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime" (or something like that).
Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yiddle With His Fiddle)
Poland, 1936, 92 minutes, 35 mm, Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Joseph Green
The great Yiddish actress Molly Picon cross-dresses to become Yidl, a fiddler in a band of musicians who roam the countryside in 1930s Poland. Yidl is sassy, independent, and hopelessly in love with a fellow band member, creating a series of hilarious and melodramatic situations. Location shooting in the shtetl Kazimierz, in the nearby countryside, and in Warsaw gives this film authenticity and atmosphere; we meet shtetl innkeepers, kidnapped brides on the run, big-time Warsaw producers, and hear some great music (including songs like "Oy Mama I'm In Love!"). Old world values and new world feminism exist side by side - in the end Yidl gets her career and her man! More than a great musical comedy, YIDL MITN FIDL was also an act of cultural solidarity, produced at a time of growing fascism and anti-Semitism. The film was an immediate smash hit, had worldwide distribution and became the most successful Yiddish musical of all time.