USA, 1940, 77 minutes
B&W Yiddish with NEW English subtitles
Directed by Max Nosseck
The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue, played by the great real-life cantor Moishe Oysher, leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera
He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame and notoriety with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community.
Featuring perhaps the most convincing scenes of synagogue life in any fiction film,
Overture to Glory begins during the morning service on Rosh Hashanah and ends at Kol Nidre, making the story a kind of redemptive journey during the days of awe