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An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

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An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser


This Yiddish stage version of Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy was directed by Jakub Rotman (1901–1994). It might have been inspired by the 1931 American film version of the novel. The film is based on Dreiser's 1925 novel An American Tragedy, which itself alludes to the real-life 1906 murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette. Before this film was made, a play version debuted on Broadway in 1926.




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