Tickle In The Heart

Tickle In The Heart

Director: Stefan Schwietert Cast: Julius J. Epstein



Klezmer music is a fusion of Eastern European folk tunes with jazz and other influences. It was (and is) the preferred celebratory music of Sephardic, or Eastern European Jewry around the world and is now enjoying a new upswing in popularity. In fact, it is popular in places and among groups far beyond its Gypsy/Jewish origins earlier in this century. Not only has it become well enough known so that riffs from it are heard in a song by folk/country musician Emmylou Harris, but it is now quite fashionable in Germany, which is where this documentary was made. The Epstein Brothers form one of the oldest klezmer bands still playing, and their active retirement is the focus of this documentary. In some sense, the history of their musical association is the history of klezmer. They perform in their retirement community in Florida, but they are frequently invited to perform in New York City and Germany. Of course, the film's best highlight is its music.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
UPC: 0720229911092
Original Release: 1996
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Newly remastered; Music recommendations; A brief history of Klezmer; Bonus short: "Two Weddings"; Photo gallery; Trailers

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [2:17]
2. The Epsteins: Welcome to Florida [6:30]
3. The Torah Ceremony [2:14]
4. Growing up on the Lower East Side [6:44]
5. Klezmer History and Klezmer Revival [6:14]
6. The Epsteins Play Berlin [7:18]
7. Back to Eastern Europe [12:44]
8. Musical Adolescence [3:48]
9. New York and the Hasidic Music Business [15:39]
10. Veteran Klezmer Musicians Gathering in New Jersey [4:06]
11. God's Waiting Room (Florida) [7:52]
12. My Yiddisha Mama [5:06]
13. Credits [2:23]

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