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The Angel Levine

The Angel Levine

1970
Drama
1h 44m
Morris Mishkin is a elderly religious Jew in New York. His wife Fanny is very ill. He's a tailor, but he can't work because his back has given out. He doesn't even have enough money for Fanny's medicine. Finally, a black fellow appears from nowhere in the Mishkin kitchen. He says he's an angel from God, sent to help Mishkin. The black angel is even Jewish, named Alex Levine? But will Morris believe in the angel? And can the angel perform the miracle that he promises? (imdb)
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The Angel Levine

1970
Drama
1h 44m
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Rated 21 Mar 2008
70
43rd
A slightly muddled affair, but still a hidden gem. Co-written by Bill Gunn based on a novel by Malamud, it's half magical-realistic yiddish fairytale, half existential blaxploitation, with the title character a deceased hustler wondering what has he done with his life. The relationship he forms with the bitter jewish elder he's sent to save is fascinating. Kadar uses fluid, late 60's New-York camera movements, and the superb hallucinatory music that accompanies it make for a unique experience.
Rated 16 Sep 2011
85
41st
Holds up well with time.
Rated 21 Jul 2011
87
80th
Jan Kadar's strange Jewish fable takes an interesting but flawed short story and makes a fascinating film of it. Zero Mostel gets a chance to show how good a dramatic actor he was (and how much of a ham he could be), while Harry Belafonte shines as the atypical angel, sent to help Mostel, a wretched New York tailor. A far more thoughtful and melancholy treatment of this well-worn premise than most; a bit self-consciously arty at times but fascinating and handsomely crafted.

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