Shnei Kuni Lemel (The Flying Matchmaker)
SHNEI KUNI LEMEL (THE FLYING MATCHMAKER)
Musical Comedy, Israel 1966, 120 minutes
Director: Israel Becker
Starring: Mike Burstyn, Shmuel Rodensky, Rina Ganor, Pesach Burstein
Hebrew with English subtitles
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mike Burstyns
Legendary Israeli Classic!
This madcap comedy marked Broadway legend Mike Burstyns explosive first appearance on the movie screen. Set in the world of the Eastern European shtetl, Burstyn masterfully plays a double role in this hilarious farce. Reb Kalman is hired to find a match for Carolina, daughter of the wealthy Reb Pinchas, who is determined to prevent her from marrying her tutor, Max (Mike Burstyn). Reb Kalman finds Kuni Lemel (also Burstyn), a village idiot, who looks exactly like Max, except that Kuni limps, stutters and has only one good eye. Max plans to impersonate Kuni so that Reb Pinchas will marry off his daughter to Max by mistake. But when the real Kuni Lemel shows up, everyone is confused.
Q&A with Mike Burstyn in person!
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