Welcome To Kutsher's: The Last Catskills ResortHD Closed Captioning
Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
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About the Movie
Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience— and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries— this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. The Catskills resorts were not only a Jewish refugee and family vacation paradise, they also gave birth to American stand-up comedy, the NBA All-Star Game, and all-inclusive resorts. This film brings to life how Kutsher’s thrived at the center of all this growth and excitement.
I looked forward to the day that this terrific documentary would be released. When it was available on the iTunes store, I immediately rented it. The movie is both a history lesson and a trip down memory lane. I was fortunate to be a guest at Kutsher’s, and to work at the resort for a short time. My grandparents, who worked hard to earn a living while living in a small apartment in Brooklyn, would travel by bus to Monticello to spent time as guests at Kutsher’s. On a number of occasions, I was fortunate enough to be asked to join them. I can remember the excitement I felt when our taxi pulled up to the main entrance to view the large illuminated Kutsher’s sign shinning brightly!
This film brings back so many great memories of the resort, and the fun that we had. The footage of the pool area, people sitting around the lake, the nightly shows, the events of each day, and the wonderful food, were just some of the great memories that were brought back to life. I could picture my grandparents taking advantage of all that Kutsher’s had to offer. Since both of my grandparents have passed away, I felt a variety of emotions emotions ranging from the shedding of a tear to smiling.
The interviews with the family members and the staff at Kutsher’s provided more of a behind the scenes look at the resort, which was both informative and interesting. The resort was truly a family business.
Times do change, and the film talks about the decline of a resort was no longer able to remain open. The tearing down of this historic resort was difficult to watch, however, it was a necessary part of the documentary. Thanks to the film makers for doing some thorough research, and for providing a documentary that anyone who has spent time at Kutsher’s will thoroughly enjoy!
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