Party at the Snooker
(a.k.a Snooker) (חגיגה בסנוקר / Hagiga B'Snuker) 1975 | Israel | Laughs: 3.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.4 wikipedia
Here is how I felt about the movie after thirty minutes:
A couple of snooker hustlers scam another scammer, who turns out to be a mafia figure. The cultural value is high, the comedic value is low. It's interesting to see Israel in the 1970s—it seems about twenty years late on the States, and indeed the humor is straight out of a 1950s Hollywood B-movie. Sadly, what comedic power it had at the time hasn't survived. This may be a cult movie in Israel, but for most movie fans in the rest of the world it's probably fit for the bin.
Five months later, I came back to the movie and finished it. The final hour was much more enjoyable than the beginning. A thug schemes to have a rabbi let his twin brother, a near-saint, marry the daughter, whom he loves.
(Last viewed: January 2014)