Uncle Moses Film Analysis

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The 1930 Yiddish film, “Uncle Moses,” written by Sholem Asch and Maurice Schwartz portrays a story of Uncle Moses, a wealthy, powerful sweatshop owner who falls in love with Masha, an employee’s teenage daughter. The film greatly portrays a rich, oblivious man who struggles to find and receive love due to his narcissistic nature. In both the readings and film, it is easily perceived that Masha has a negative attitude towards Uncle Moses and is clearly marrying him out of financial and social obligations. Also, both readings and film portray the exploitive, manipulative, and narcissistic womanizer who conducts affairs with multiple women and lords his wealth and power over the people in the Lower East Side.
To begin with, an example of a scene that portrays Uncle Moses as a womanizer in the beginning of the film where he is approached by a woman who sits next to him while he’s eating and tries to flirt with with him, even though her husband is clearly watching. He responds with cold replies by saying, “Leave me alone, I’m busy.” He constantly shuts her up numerous times and says, “the devil made [him] fall for [her] dimples and dark eyes.” Uncle Moses is seen talking
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Masha seeks to Uncle Moses, hoping that he will financially provide for her father. But instead he is looked down upon and mocked. Not only is he taunted in front of his own daughter, he is mocked in front of the workers in the factory. Uncle Moses calls several workers and gets them involved by mocking Masha’s father and making fun of his nickname, “Aaron the Squawker.” The scene portrays Uncle Moses calling Masha’s father “the ridiculer” and tells him, “Here you don’t squawk. In Kuzmin maybe, but not here.” The scene also portrays how rude and disrespectful Uncle Moses truly is through his tone and facial

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