Sallah (1964)

Israel

 

One of the most popular comedies in Israel's film history, “Sallah,” directed by the famous humorist Ephraim Kishon, stars Topol, as a lazy man who immigrates to Israel in 1948, when the State was born, with his wife and many children and finds ways to make a living without working hard, which is contrary to the prevailing Zionist ideology of the time.

 

This is the film that catapulted to international stardom Topol, who went on to play the lead role in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” on the London stage and in the Hollywood film, for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

 

Oscar Alert

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

 

Foreign Language Film

 

Oscar Awards: None

 

Oscar Context:

 

In 1964, the winner of the Foreign Language Film Oscar was the Italian comedy, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”  The other nominees were “”Raven's End” from Sweden, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” from France, and “Woman on the Dunes” from Japan.