The Muses of Bashevis Singer

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Israel | 2014 | 72 minutes | Asaf Galay, Shaul Betser

A fascinating portrait of famous Yiddish author/Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer and his harem of female translators, who not only introduced the writer to audiences around the world but also provided a vital source of creativity.

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Short, bald, and old, famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer was an unlikely ladies’ man—but a ladies’ man he was, once declaring that a bevy of women translators would be “heaven on earth.” In his early years, Singer’s work was translated by such contemporary literary lights as Saul Bellow, but his fear of being overshadowed led him to choose unknown figures, all of them female. These intelligent, educated, and literary women not only introduced the writer to audiences around the world, but also provided a vital source of creativity and inspiration. Today, nine of them remain to tell their stories, offering valuable insight into both Singer's personality and literary methods. A delightful glimpse behind the curtain sure to fascinate anyone who's read such classic works as "Gimpel" "The Fool", "Enemies, A Love Story", or "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy", the Broadway play later made into the film musical directed by and starring Barbra Streisand.

Director Biography
Asaf Galay has been director and content editor for a number of historical documentaries and museum projects. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Hebrew Literature at Bar Ilan University.

Shaul Betser has a BFA from Tel Aviv University in film and television. He is a director of cultural programs for Israeli television.

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  • Director: Asaf Galay, Shaul Betser
  • Country: Israel
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 72 minutes
  • Producer: Asaf Galay, Shaul Betser, Keren Michael
  • Screenplay: Shaul Betser, Asaf Galay
  • Cinematographers: Itai Neeman
  • Editors: Tal Rabiner
  • Music: Jonathan Bar-Giora
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Hebrew,Yiddish,English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cinephil