THE LIGHT AHEAD (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1939)

Poetic, achingly spiritual, Di klyatshe, the third of four films Viennese-born U.S. filmmaker Edgar G. Ulmer made in Yiddish, is based on Mendele Mocher Sforim’s 1873 story. (Sforim’s real name was Sholem Yakov Abramovich; mocher sforim means bookseller.) Ulmer, the great director of The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945), filmed Di klyatshe—literally, The Mare—in […]