Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 25, 2006
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: New Video Group
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Director Josh Waletzky
- Illustrated Study Guide
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 03/18/1981
"...IMAGE BEFORE MY EYES emphasizes the positive, with smiling faces, sentimental Yiddish songs and happy recollections of a bygone era..."
New York Times - 03/19/1981
"...Fond and thoughtful….Enterprising documentary..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A stunning commemoration of Jews in Poland before the two World Wars, IMAGE BEFORE MY EYES pays homage to the dynamic and vibrant society of 3.5 million people that was destroyed during the Holocaust. Unearthing the stories of Jewish villagers, aristocrats, socialists, Zionists, and artists who fashioned a thriving civilization with a 900-year history, this triumphant films draws on the sacred and rare artifacts of a crushed world-home movies, forgotten song recordings, and the evocative memories of survivors-to recreate Jewish Poland. Tracing the subtle contours of Jewish Diaspora, IMAGE BEFORE MY EYES visits people as varied as a former mayor of Scarsdale, New York describing his youthful Polish patriotism and a Brooklyn housewife who touchingly sings the Yiddish songs of teachers, tradesmen, and beggars she learned as a child in Warsaw.
From the bucolic, traditional shtetls of the countryside to the freewheeling cultural revolution in the cities led by freethinkers, award-winning director Josh Waletzky (Partisans of Vilna) masterfully memorializes a proud culture that still inspires hope and reverence.
Josh Waletzky's documentary portrays the enormously rich culture of Polish Jewry in the decades that preceded World War II.