House of Life

Overview

Claire Bloom narrates this documentary about The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the burial site that some claim houses up to 100,000 members of Prague's historic Jewish community. When the Germans occupied Prague in World War II, the cemetery was the only place that Jewish children were permitted to play. Later, when the communists took power, the same place was a popular rendezvous for lovers. Christened the "Westminster Abby of the Jewish people" The Old Jewish Cemetery is crowded with 12 layers of graves, and ...
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Overview

Claire Bloom narrates this documentary about The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the burial site that some claim houses up to 100,000 members of Prague's historic Jewish community. When the Germans occupied Prague in World War II, the cemetery was the only place that Jewish children were permitted to play. Later, when the communists took power, the same place was a popular rendezvous for lovers. Christened the "Westminster Abby of the Jewish people" The Old Jewish Cemetery is crowded with 12 layers of graves, and has been sited as the source of many legends, including that of Rabbi Loew's golem, which was constructed from clay to protect the Jewish people. Millions of people visit the cemetery every year, a fact that has no doubt fueled its reputation as a place steeped in mysticism, tradition, and philosophy.
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Special Features

Photo gallery; Filmmaker biographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • UPC: 720229913676
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 85,679

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claire Bloom Voice Only
Technical Credits
Allan Miller Director, Editor, Producer
Natasha Dudinski Associate Producer
Petr Pesek Cinematographer
Mark Podwal Editor, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Marie Winn Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
1. An Archive [1:53]
2. Buried in Layers [8:36]
3. Time and Time Again [6:29]
4. Saved by Miracles [8:12]
5. Graven Images [5:45]
6. Our Job Here [7:15]
7. A Mile Away [5:13]
8. So Many Names [6:40]
9. Bundle of Life [2:03]
10. Credits [1:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Filmmaker Biographies
      Trailers
         A Life Apart
         Fighter
         Constantine's Sword
         Praying With Lior
         Hiding Seeking
   First Run Features Logo
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