The Angel Levine
Dir. Jan Kadar. 1970, 104 mins. 35mm. With Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska, Milo O’Shea, Gloria Foster, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson. Bill Gunn also contributed to the script of this kindred fable of racial tension in a New York City tenement directed by Czech émigré Jan Kadar and based on a story by Bernard Malamud. Harry Belafonte not only produced the movie but plays its deus ex machina as the divine hustler who installs himself in the lives of a downtrodden, elderly Jewish couple (Mostel and Kaminska, the star of Kadar’s Oscar-winning The Shop on Main Street).
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