10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival: The Jester (Der Purimspiler)


This recently restored Polish musical comedy filmed in the outskirts of Warsaw, premiered in Warsaw in 1937 and opened three months later in New York. Featuring a wanderer, a poor shoemaker's daughter and a circus performer, The Jester provides a look into the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry.

Many of the crew and actors were murdered during the Holocaust. The film features a Purim play, complete with music and costumes which the Nazis appropriated portions of the scene to use in an anti-Semitic propaganda film, The Eternal Jew.



Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096


$10 general public; $8 JCC members, patrons, Film Buff members, students and senior adults.
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