3 can't-miss picks at the Desert Jewish Film Festival

Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Source: 
The Desert Sun
Author: 
Deborah Nicol

'MAKING TROUBLE: THREE GENERATIONS OF FUNNY JEWISH WOMEN'

Rachel Talbot makes her directorial debut with a cozy documentary discussion by and about Jewish women who left their mark in the comic world.

Enveloping each of the chapters is a conversation among modern comediennes at Katz's Deli. They lightly segue into biographies that span nearly a century of candid banter.

Within each account, experts expound on each woman's gift.

Molly Picon was a multitalented standout of Yiddish theatre. Fanny Brice allowed comic foolishness to overcome a lack of starlet qualities in her Zeigfeld Follies show. Sophie Tucker was a saucy woman of the jazz age who quipped about sex without abandon.

Before Joan Rivers dissed red carpet royalty, she dished in nightclubs as recklessly as a man. Gilda Radner was the pigtailed darling of "Saturday Night Live"who dove fearlessly into pratfalls. Wendy Wasserstein was a woman's playwright who never backed away from her roots nor her sex.

These six women portrayed honesty and talent that helped break boundaries and gain respect for women in their field and the Jewish community.