The Dybbuk

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Fantasy

This eerie filmization of a popular Yiddish play concerns two children promised to each other in marriage before they are born. Years pass and the young man, never having seen his bride-to-be, comes to her village to study cabalistic lore. He falls in love with her, but her father, Reb Sender (M. Libman) wants to renege on his promise and marry her to a...read more

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This eerie filmization of a popular Yiddish play concerns two children promised to each other in marriage before they are born. Years pass and the young man, never having seen his bride-to-be, comes to her village to study cabalistic lore. He falls in love with her, but her father, Reb

Sender (M. Libman) wants to renege on his promise and marry her to a wealthy man. In despair, the young man, Channon (L. Libgold), kills himself. His spirit leaves his body and possesses the body of his beloved, Leah (Lili Liliana), during her wedding. She is struck speechless and a wise old rabbi

is brought in to perform the rites of exorcism. One of the few examples of prewar Polish cinema available on video, THE DYBBUK is a fascinating record not only of the height of Eastern European Yiddish theater's accomplishment before its annihilation, but of an almost utterly medieval Jewish way

of life in which supernatural events were looked upon as common occurrences, a way of life likewise annihilated. The videotape is available only in its original Yiddish version.

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