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Won Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film !!! Shaike Ophir stars as Azulay, a good but bumbling policeman who is about to retire.
Oscar Nominee 1972 - Best Foreign Language Film
Won 1972 Golden Globe - Best Foreign Language Film
Shaike Ophir stars as Azulay, a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don't want to see him leave either
Subtitles Hebrew / English.
1971 Israel Drama/Comedy
About Efraim Kishon
Kishon, one of Israel's most prolific writers, was born Ferenc Kishont in Budapest. In World War II he was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in concentration camps. In one camp, a German officer lined up Jewish inmates and shot dead every tenth person, passing him by. Later en route to the Sobibor death camp, Kishon managed to escape the Nazis.
In the 1960s, the satirist began working in film, writing and directing, including the famed 'Salah Shabati.' Shabati, the newly-arrived immigrant from an Arab country, whose common-sense exposes the hypocrisy of the European Jewry establishment, still offers a fascinating outlook on a young Israel unable to come to grips with its own multiculturalism.
Another film by Kishon, 'Police Officer Azulai' starring Shaike Offir, won the Golden Globe award and also won an Oscar nomination in 1971. The eve of the Six Day War in 1967 marked the peak of Kishon's popularity in Israel, as he captured with sensitivity and humor the day-to-day atmosphere of Israel under siege. He did this from the perspective of a Jewish Holocaust survivor, who was amazed and beguiled to realize that his country had managed to withstand the Arab threat to destroy him again and again.
Kishon was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in 2002 for his unique contribution to society and the country. The judges panel described Kishon as 'a beam of light rescued from the fire of the Holocaust, who scaled the heights of satire in the world.' They also praised Kishon's work for reflecting Israeli society and effectively rendering the socioeconomic distress, unemployment, poverty and harsh living conditions of immigrants in the state's formative years.
Kishon's contribution to projecting a positive image of Israel to the world did not escape the judges' attention as they commented: 'His prolific, keen-eyed body of work... draws his many readers abroad closer to Israel.'