A pivotal German/Polish silent film from 1918, The Yellow Ticket tells the story of a young Jewish woman forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. Lea, as played by Pola Negri, is at a disadvantage as a woman, an orphan, and a Jew – and yet has immense persistence and an insatiable ambition to become a doctor. The film includes more than one plot twist, but it’s first and foremost a testimony to a spirit impossible to suppress. As a document of its time – its criticism of tsarist Russia’s anti-Semitism couldn’t be clearer, and it would cause the Nazis to hate Negri in the years to come. The Yellow Ticket is a fascinating and heartbreaking film to watch. With live musical accompaniment by Alicia Svegals (violin) and Marilyn Lerner (piano).

Special thanks to our community partners Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor and the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Sunday, June 8, 5:00 PM, Detroit Film Theatre

63 min
Not rated
Year: 1918
Country: US
Language: English
Festivals: Sundance
Director: William Parke
Screenwriters: Eugen Illes, Victor Janson
Cast: Fannie Ward, Milton Sills, Warner Oland