Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Classic Gold Video: West Bank Story

Looks like it's going to be Hummus Week at Jewish Humor Central. When we blogged yesterday about the war between Lebanon and Israel over the right to claim hummus as a national dish, we couldn't help thinking about the short musical comedy film that won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

The film is an over-the-top parody of West Side Story, following the romance of an Israeli soldier from the family of owners of the restaurant Kosher King and a Palestinian cashier from the family of owners of the restaurant Hummus Hut. Cliches and hammy acting, singing, and dancing fly all over the screen as the plot moves toward a happy ending.

We're calling West Bank Story a JHC Classic Gold Video because we feel every one of our readers should see it, and if you're also a collector, own it. To get a taste of it, here is the CNN report of its big win on Oscar night.  The film is available for downloading on iTunes for $1.99, and for sale as a DVD as part of a collection of short films for $10.46 (free shipping) at Deep.Discount.com.