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Hava Nagila (The Movie)

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Roberta Grossman

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Plot Summary

Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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89%
  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The filmmakers mix the playful and serious, with only occasional lapses. – Rachel Saltz, New York Times, Feb 28, 2013

Fresh: It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Mar 14, 2013

Fresh: This richly entertaining documentary relates the history of the ubiquitous song that has been covered by everyone from Lena Horne to Elvis. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 25, 2013

Fresh: Grossman finds lively, often passionate and funny interpreters - among them rabbis, historians, musicologists and klezmer musicians - to guide us through the song's many transformations. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Feb 28, 2013

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