Double Take: Looking Back on the Man Who Revolutionized Israeli Cinema

Filmmaker Uri Zohar ditched flamboyance for religion, and revolutionized Israeli cinema.

In January 1967, at the peak of a successful career as an entertainer, Uri Zohar held a press conference. Several days after one of his shows at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center was savaged by critics, he stood in front of the media representatives and declared that he had decided to abandon the stage and devote himself to another, more “serious” discipline: cinema.