Just Like Sarah Bernhardt
TitleJust Like Sarah Bernhardt
DirectorHelena Goldwater
CountryUK
Year1992
Duration7mins
FormatUmatic video
DescriptionJUST LIKE SARAH BERNHARDT humorously explores sexuality and Jewish identity, intertwining the complex relationship of performance and film. A woman tells a story of her intense meeting with another woman. The audience is both addressed and by-passed by a narrative which tempts the viewer to visualise their own interpretation and conclusion. As the tale is told, Sarah Bernhardt, the famous French actress at the turn of the century, a woman both loved for her unique performances, and yet vilified by anti-Semites, is cited for her melodramatic behaviour, such as swooning or tantrums, and to whom, as a consequence of her behaviour, the narrator was compared as a child.