Lies my father told me
 
 

35th Anniversary Edition

This heart-warming Canadian film classic set in the 1920’s Jewish immigrant community of Montreal is seen primarily through the eyes of David, the grandson. David lives with his Canadian-born parents, his grandfather Zaida, a junk peddler who emigrated from Russia, and Zaida’s aging horse, Ferdeleh. David’s father is a modern materialistic man of science who dreams of striking it rich by designing unique inventions. Zaida, on the other hand, is a humble man who works hard for his living and patiently awaits the arrival of the Messiah. Intuitively, David responds to his grandfather’s love.  Every Sunday, David travels the back alleys of Montreal with Zaida and his horse Ferdeleh and carriage. Zaida answers all of David’s questions about the world in terms of the Creator and the miracles that he performs. But this winter there are no miracles to spare David the pains of growing up. Newly restored. Written by Ted Allan. Directed by Ján Kadár (The Shop on Main Street).

Winner of the 1976 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!
1975 Academy Award® Nominee, Best Original Screenplay


“The film packs as much of a punch today - maybe more - as in 1975... a Canadian classic.” -Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette

“Three decades after it was filmed on location in Montreal, Lies My Father Told Me remains the quintessential Canadian film about a boy’s evolving view of the world,
the vagaries of human nature and the Jewish immigrant experience in Canada.”
-Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

“A warm, funny and touching tale.” -Judith Crist, Saturday Review

“L'honneur du cinema Canadien” -Le Devoir, Montreal


“A charming valentine to times past” -Toronto Star

 

“Delicate portrait of human life” -The Spectator, Hamilton

“Ted Allan's dramatization of remembrances of his own Jewish family in the Montreal melting pot of a half-century ago is brought appealingly alive with the
aid of Ján Kadár's perceptive direction and some strong, natural performances.”  
-New York Times

                                                                                           
NEWLY RESTORED FILM!
NOW ON DVD

On the DVD, the film’s co-producer, Montreal native and winner of the 2008 Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television Life Achievement Award, Harry Gulkin, recounts some of his recollections about the making of the film.


Menu and Scene Selection. French & English audio tracks. Extras.


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