Judy Berlin

Judy Berlin is a 1999 American independent drama film directed by Eric Mendelsohn. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Mendelsohn won the directing prize for Judy Berlin at the 1999 Sundance International Film Festival. This was Madeline Kahn's final film appearance eleven months before her death on December 3, 1999.


Told in a series of vignettes, the film opens on the morning of the second day of school. Principal Arthur Gold (Bob Dishy) is married to Alice (Madeline Kahn), although interaction between them immediately hints that the union is unhappy. Alice babbles frequently, much to Arthur’s chagrin. Their son David (Aaron Harnick), who is thirty, is depressed after a failed attempt at being a Hollywood filmmaker.