Legend in the Dunes
honor of the centennial celebrations of the founding of Tel Aviv, Yaakov Gross
presents the 40 years that shaped the neighborhood which grew into a city. The
historical story of Tel Aviv was captured on film from its founding and this
film follows the development of the building of the new city across from the
ancient city of Jaffa. At a time when it was hard to believe that the Zionist
dream would be fulfilled, the building of the first Hebrew city was, for its
founders, the creation of a miniature "Jewish State." The film is interspersed
with amazing archival footage from both the Steven Spielberg Jewish film Archive
- Hebrew University and the Israel Film Archive, as well as rare footage from
various worldwide sources seen for the first time.
90 min., #LID, DVD, B&W, $29.95
the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem
Buy all four DVDs on this page for $100.
This 1935 film was made in an effort to showcase Jewish Palestine to
the world. It is one of the most spectacular visual records to have
survived. The film features the early pioneers, recent refugees from Europe,
and the commerce, agriculture and industry of the period. Palestine's
cities, including "old" and "new" Jerusalem, are contrasted with kibbutzim,
the new agricultural settlements. With original songs by Natan Alterman
and commentary by Maurice Samuel. Available through the Steven Spielberg
Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem. A true collector's item!
57 min., #235, DVD, B&W, $29.95
Films of Yaacov Ben Dov: Father of the Hebrew Cinema
A veritable treasure trove of Jewish life in Palestine from 1917-1933.
Yaacov Ben Dov shot more than thirty films encompassing the Zionist vision
of the Land of Israel. General Allenby, Chaim Weizmann, Zeev Jabotinsky,
Rabbi Kook, Winston Churchill, Lord Balfour, Eliezer Ben Yehudah, Albert
Einstein and Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt are but a few of those captured
through his lens. Ben Dov, with his unique talent and vision laid the foundation
for the creators of the Israeli cinema.
Jewish Film Festival, New York, 1996
30 min., #212, DVD, B&W, $29.95
Screen of an Artist
Baruch Agadati-dancer, painter and filmmaker- is best known for having
captured on film the flavor and excitement of life in Tel Aviv of the 1930's.
As film technology improved, Agadati's AGA film company produced the first
major sound picture in the land of Israel. This is the Land (1934),
his most ambitious film, detailed the founding of Tel Aviv, the outbreak
of World War I, the Balfour declaration and other important events celebrating
fifty years of Jewish growth in Palestine. Agadati captured the pioneering
mood of the early years and this compilation documentary ably celebrates
his life and work.
37 min., #200, DVD, Color and B&W, $29.95
Dream of My People
Zvee Scooler narrated this romantic travelogue of 1933 Palestine, accompanied by
the singing of the great Cantor Joseph (Yossele) Rosenblatt. Jerusalem- old and
new, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon L’Tzion, Bethlehem, Hebron, Beitar, Tiberias and
more are explored with a focus on “the Return to Zion.” Tragically, Cantor
Rosenblatt died in Israel prior to the film’s completion and his massive funeral
in Jerusalem became part of this film. An historical and musical testimony to
the rebirth of a nation after 2,000 years of wandering.
66 min., #289, DVD, B&W, $29.95