All Vows (excerpt)

Film by Bill Morrison
Music by Michael Gordon
Music commissioned and performed by Maya Beiser (solo cello)

Film co-commissioned by Indiana University Cinema and the Dorit and
Gerald Paul Program in Jewish Culture and the Arts of the Robert A.
and Sandra S. Borns Program in Jewish Studies at Indiana.

Special thanks to:
George Willeman, US Library of Congress Nitrate Vault Manager

"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre", the incantation that
begins the Yom Kippur service and which pre-emptively nullifies any
future vows made unintentionally. The film uses ancient archival films
to depict an unknowable future, reflected through a dissolving historic

Paramount news outtakes
“The Dead Sea Scrolls”,
Library of Congress exhibit, 1965

“Queen Kelly” (1929)
Directed by
Erich von Stroheim
Gloria Swanson
Tully Marshall
Paul Ivano
Gordon Pollock

“Pawns of Passion” (1928)
Directed by:
Wiktor Bieganski
Carmine Gallone
Olga Tschechowa
Hans Stüwe
Victor Arménise
Mutz Greenbaum

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