- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 24, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: First Run Features
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Narrated by actress Claire Bloom, this documentary traces the history of Prague's Old Jewish Cemetery and recounts the life stories of some of the luminaries buried there.
Description by First Run Features Home Video:
HOUSE OF LIFE tells the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community. Almost a million people from all over the world now visit the cemetery each year, and HOUSE OF LIFE chronicles its history, which is rich in lore, mysticism, tradition and philosophy.
Tales of great rabbis and philanthropists and the story of the giant golem, created from clay to protect the Jewish people, are narrated by Claire Bloom. The 12,000 stones may be covering as many as 100,000 members of Prague's historic Jewish community. Under the German occupation in World War II, the cemetery was the only place where Jewish children were allowed to play. Later, under the communists, lovers met there for trysts. The cemetery - and film - serve as a powerful reminder of the indomitable spirit of a people compelled to honor their past and preserve the lessons of history.