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27 January 1938 (USA) See more »
In a Polish shtetl, two young men who have grown up together betrothe their unborn children, ignoring... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Avrom Morewski ... Rabbi Ezeriel ben Hodos (as Abram Morewski)
Ajzyk Samberg ... Meszulach - the messenger
Mojzesz Lipman ... Sender Brynicer ben Henie

Lili Liliana ... Lea - Sender's daughter
Leon Liebgold ... Chanan ben Nisan
Dina Halpern ... Aunt Frade
Max Bozyk ... Nute, Sender's friend (as Maks Bozyk)
M. Messinger ... Menasze - the prospective groom
Gerszon Lemberger ... Nisan ben Rifke
Samuel Bronecki ... Nachman - Menasze's father (as S. Bronecki)
Samuel Landau ... Zalman - swat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Berg ... Dancer
Simche Fostel
Zisze Kac ... Mendel (as Z. Kac)
Peisach Kerman (as Kurman)
Abraham Kurc ... Michael (as A. Kurc)
David Lederman ... Meir (as D. Lederman)
Winer (as Wiener)

Directed by
Michal Waszynski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sholom Ansky  play (as Szymon An-ski)
S.A. Kacyzna 
Andrzej Marek 
Anatol Stern  consultant writer

Produced by
Zygmunt Mayflauer .... producer (as Zygfryd Mayflauer)
Original Music by
Henoch Kon 
Cinematography by
Albert Wywerka 
Film Editing by
George Roland 
Production Design by
Stefan Norris 
Jacek Rotmil 
Art Direction by
Andrzej Marek 
Production Management
Zygmunt Mayflauer .... assistant production manager (as Zygfryd Mayflauer)
Ludwig Prywes .... production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard Zajaczkowski .... assistant camera
Music Department
Gerszon Sirota .... song vocalist
Other crew
Abraham Armband .... translator (US version)
Meyer Balaban .... historic consultant (as Dr. Meyer Balaban)
Judith Berg .... choreographer
Leonora Fleischer .... subtitler (US version)
Jacob Mestel .... interpreter (US version)

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Also Known As:
"Der Dibuk" - Poland (original title)
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USA:108 min | 125 min (original release) | 110 min (existing print)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Weak story but fascinating rituals, 6 August 2010
Author: bobc-5 from Annandale, VA

Sometime in the past, perhaps in the late 19th century, two best friends make a pledge that their children will marry if they should have a son and daughter. A mysterious messenger warns them against pledging the lives of the unborn, but he's ignored with the observation that Jews have always done this. The two men do have a son and daughter, but not without tragedy falling upon both their generation and the next.

This movie is very difficult to follow at the start, with each scene being little more than a one line synopsis of the events eventually leading up to the main story, the ill-fated romance between the son and daughter. The story has an unusual twist not found elsewhere, that of the son becoming a Dybbuk, but there otherwise isn't all that much of interest in the plot or the way it's told as it slowly plods along to its predictable conclusion.

What is interesting, of course, is watching the unique look and feel of a Yiddish movie made by Polish Jews in the 1930s. Much of the imagery is very striking and it's a rare chance to hear a full dose of authentic religious Jewish singing, something which never makes it into American films because of its lack of commercial appeal. The film definitely provides a rewarding experience to viewers who don't necessarily need the entertainment of a good story to keep them interested in the intriguing sights and sounds found in this film.

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