A Cantor’s Head

Opens Friday, July 31

Part of our A Summer of Film Series, presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

One of the world’s leading cantorial masters departs the bema, prompting questions about the dwindling tradition of Jewish sacred music. With his outsized Brooklyn personality, Cantor Jack Mendelson – or just “Jackie” – has been dubbed the Michael Jordan of Hazzanut. As both a performing artist and teacher, he has inspired legions of admirers worldwide, combining spiritual exploration, communal bonding and dazzling showmanship. But after years of service, his operatic voice is no longer wanted, as his White Plains synagogue replaces him with a younger cantor. Running the gamut of emotions, Cantor Mendelson, his protégés, and other musical luminaries explain the magic of this centuries-long art form, and what its loss represents.

English and Hebrew with English Subtitles.

87 minutes. Documentary. NR.

It’s a quiet, personal documentary about the work of synagogue cantors that sometimes feels like a eulogy for a dying art. For those who appreciate that musical style, the film is chock-full of it.


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