Sallah Shabati (1964)

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An immigrant to Israel must deal with the bureaucracy and politics of his new homeland.

My Take on it – This is a hilarious film that works so well largely due to the timelessness of its characters and story.

Haim Topol is superb in the title role and made a name for himself with this performance.

The story satirizes the way that the bureaucratic and political systems constant want change yet never actually provide anything new.

The antics that this character plays out over the course of the film is superbly done and allows the viewer to get a very clear understanding of how difficult his life in, yet despite this, he constantly strives to make things better for his family and himself along the way.

Love the way that this character is constantly playing backgammon with the hope that it will help him along the way.

The comic moments in this film are great and endear this quaint character so much to the viewer because of his methods in trying to get the best housing for his new immigrant family.

This was the very first Israeli film to be nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globes and then subsequently at the Oscars that year.

It did manage to win at the Globes.

Writer and Director Ephraim Kishon was an expert satirist and this film is further proof of that.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of 1965 Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Language film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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