Max Baer’s Last Right Hook

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Max Baer’s Last Right Hook

In the summer of 1942, when Rommel and his troops were 60 kilometers away from Cairo, the Israeli entrepreneur Yaakov Gendelmayer came up with an idea he considered no less than brilliant: he would bring the ex-heavyweight Jewish world-champion Max Baer to Israel and organize a fight between him and a Nazi boxer. Since Gendelmayer was sure that Baer, being a professional boxer, would beat the German amateur, he expected that the fight would raise the morale of Jews during the war, and that he would make enough money to immigrate to the United States. Baer arrived, conquered the hearts of Tel Aviv’s residents and the media, but when the fight started everything went wrong. Sixty years later, Joe Louis Gendelmayer, Yaakov’s son, travels to Israel and try to find a lost movie that would reveal what really happened. But a sports journalist, an assassin from an anti-British underground group, a Theater actress and two Tel Aviv gangsters, all well over 80 years old, take him on a different journey to discover the truth about Max Baer’s last right hook.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa Interenational Film Festival, Israel, 2006; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007

Director: Avida Livny

Producer: Ami Amir

Production Company: Matar Productions

Cinematographer: Yoav Kosh

Editor: Shlomo Gelfand

Original Soundtrack: Ophir Leibovitch

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television

Cast: Nathan Cogan, Ethel Kavinskia, Yosef Carmon, Miki Leon

Script: Avida Livny

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: הימנית האחרונה של מכס בר

In the summer of 1942, when Rommel and his troops were 60 kilometers away from Cairo, the Israeli entrepreneur Yaakov Gendelmayer came up with an idea he considered no less than brilliant: he would bring the ex-heavyweight Jewish world-champion Max Baer to Israel and organize a fight between him and a Nazi boxer. Since Gendelmayer was sure that Baer, being a professional boxer, would beat the German amateur, he expected that the fight would raise the morale of Jews during the war, and that he would make enough money to immigrate to the United States. Baer arrived, conquered the hearts of Tel Aviv’s residents and the media, but when the fight started everything went wrong. Sixty years later, Joe Louis Gendelmayer, Yaakov’s son, travels to Israel and try to find a lost movie that would reveal what really happened. But a sports journalist, an assassin from an anti-British underground group, a Theater actress and two Tel Aviv gangsters, all well over 80 years old, take him on a different journey to discover the truth about Max Baer’s last right hook.

Festivals and Awards:

Haifa Interenational Film Festival, Israel, 2006; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007

Director: Avida Livny

Producer: Ami Amir

Production Company: Matar Productions

Cinematographer: Yoav Kosh

Editor: Shlomo Gelfand

Original Soundtrack: Ophir Leibovitch

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television

Cast: Nathan Cogan, Ethel Kavinskia, Yosef Carmon, Miki Leon

Script: Avida Livny

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: הימנית האחרונה של מכס בר

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