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The Angel Levine

The Angel Levine

The Angel Levine

1970 / 99min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JÁN KADÁR

CAST: ZERO MOSTEL, IDA KAMINSKA, HARRY BELAFONTE

Personal Problems director Bill Gunn helped to script Czech director Kadar’s adaptation of a Bernard Malamud short story, concerning escalating racial animus in a New York City tenement. Mr. & Mrs. Morris Mishkin, an elderly Jewish couple struggling to make ends meet—Zero Mostel and Yiddish theater star Ida Kaminska, lead in Kadar’s The Shop on Main Street—are alarmed to meet a man who identifies himself as Morris’s Black, Jewish guardian angel, played by the film’s producer, Harry Belafonte. “Hones the edge of Bernard Malamud’s melancholy parable about race relations in ’60s New York”—J. Hoberman