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The Dybbuk (1937)

Der Dibuk (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 27 January 1938 (USA)
The mystical love story between Chonen, a poor Talmud student, and Lea, a girl from a wealthy family, depicts the traditional folk culture of Polish Jews before WW2.

Director:

Michal Waszynski

Writers:

Sholom Ansky (play) (as Szymon An-ski), S.A. Kacyzna | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Avrom Morewski Avrom Morewski ... Rabbi Ezeriel ben Hodos (as Abram Morewski)
Ajzyk Samberg Ajzyk Samberg ... Meszulach - the messenger
Mojzesz Lipman Mojzesz Lipman ... Sender Brynicer ben Henie
Lili Liliana ... Lea - Sender's daughter
Leon Liebgold Leon Liebgold ... Chanan ben Nisan
Dina Halpern Dina Halpern ... Aunt Frade
Max Bozyk Max Bozyk ... Nute, Sender's friend (as Maks Bozyk)
M. Messinger M. Messinger ... Menasze - the prospective groom
Gerszon Lemberger Gerszon Lemberger ... Nisan ben Rifke
Samuel Bronecki Samuel Bronecki ... Nachman - Menasze's father (as S. Bronecki)
Samuel Landau Samuel Landau ... Zalman - swat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Berg Judith Berg ... Dancer
Simche Fostel Simche Fostel
Goldenberg Goldenberg
Gorbanowa Gorbanowa
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Storyline

In a Polish shtetl, two young men who have grown up together betrothe their unborn children, ignoring the advice of a mysterious traveler not to pledge the lives of future generations. Soon after, one of them dies, and the wife of the other dies in childbirth. The children grow up in different towns, without ever knowing of the betrothal, but the power of the vow leads them to meet each other when they are marriageable. The young woman, Leah, is promised to another man, but Channon, the son of the father who died, is a practitioner of mysticism, and seeks to win his bride through sorcery. Written by Dan Gilman <dgilman@haverford.edu>

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possession | dybbuk | jew | jewish | ghost | See All (7) »

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated
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The Lost World
18 August 2003 | by Henry-59See all my reviews

This movie is, in a loose sense, a ghost story with a familiar theme: malevolent fate works through human passions, destroying our protagonists, who do not realize until too late what lies ahead. A fine melodrama, no matter how creaky the production might be. What makes it even more poignant, however, is the historical context. This world, which was fading already when the story was first written, was wiped out entirely by Hitler's Endlösung shortly after the movie was made. The film functions as a ghost story in more ways than one.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Yiddish

Release Date:

27 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dybbuk See more »

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(original) | (existing print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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