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).
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Director: William Parke
Screenwriters: Eugen Illes, Victor Janson
Cast: Fannie Ward, Milton Sills, Warner Oland