Two friends make a sacred pact pledging their newborn children, Rachel and Mendel, in marriage. Based on the same legend as S. Ansky's classic play The Dybbuk, this spirited film offers the divine intervention of Elijah and a happy ending.
Two friends make a sacred pact pledging their newborn children, Rachel and Mendel, in marriage. Years pass, Rachel's father dies, and the two children, knowing nothing of their fathers' pledge, meet for the first time and fall in love. But Mendel's father insists his son study at the Vilna Yeshiva, and Rachel's rich old landlord insists on marrying her. Based on the same legend as S. Ansky's classic play The Dybbuk, this spirited film offers the divine intervention of Elijah and a happy ending. Made in 1937 on the eve of the Holocaust, The Vow captures authentic scenes of Jewish shtetl life, Yiddish love songs, and the clash between tradition and modernity. Yiddish theater diva Dina Halpern stars as Rachel. Written by
National Center for Jewish Film
In this Graphic Pictures Corporation film, shown in the U.S. with Yiddish dialogue and English titles, fathers-to-be Mendl Feld (Kurt Hatch) and Chaim Kornblit (Moyshe Lipman)make a pledge to each other that the unborn children will wed each other when they come of age.
Rachel Kornblit (Dina Halpern), the pledged girl, and Jacob Feld (Iskhok Grudberg), the pledged boy grow up...and Rachel has plans to marry a wealthy man, many years her senior.
There are some comedy sequences but most of the film unfolds against a background of legendary and religious significance, and a reviewer wrote that the film would only appeal to people who understand the religion and legends of the race.
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