Essential Pittsburgh
5:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Blumenthal: The Story of Harold Blumenthal

A scene from the comedy Bluementhal with actor and Producer Alexander Cendese (Left) and leading actor, director and writer of the film Seth Fisher (Right).
A scene from the comedy Bluementhal with actor and Producer Alexander Cendese (Left) and leading actor, director and writer of the film Seth Fisher (Right).
Credit Blumenthalmovie.com

The film Blumenthal is a comedy that follows the relatives of Harold Blumenthal, a legendary playwright who made his career parodying his family in his work, and died laughing at his own joke.

The film was developed and produced by Carnegie Mellon University graduate Alexander Cendese who also co-stars in the movie. It was written and directed by fellow Carnegie Mellon University graduate Seth Fisher.

Cendese, who must deal with his brother's success in the movie, says he remembers thinking about what it must be like for real siblings in this situation.

“While I was working as an actor in New York...I often wondered what it would be like to be their less-talented brother.  Or what if your last name was Spielberg, but you weren't Steven? And that could probably be a burden to some people, but I thought it would make for some good comedy."

The film will be making its Pittsburgh premiere in the Manor Theatre Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for the Jewish Film Festival

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