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Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) (1938)

Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk)




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S. Ansky's popular Yiddish-language play The Dybbuk was definitively filmed in this 1938 Polish production. A young man and young woman, promised in marriage before they are even born, fall in love with one another on their own volition. The girl's father, seeking out a wealthier son-in-law, tries to wriggle out of the deal. In desperation, the boy kills himself -- whereupon his soul is transferred to the girl during the wedding ceremony. It is up to Rabbi Azrielke (Abraham Morewski) to sort things out. The ethereal nature of The Dybbuk is given added poignancy when one is aware that the lifestyle recorded in the film would be all but wiped from the face of the earth by the Nazis, and many of the actors seen in the film would soon fall victim to Hitler's "Final Solution." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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On DVD: May 31, 2005
Foreign Cinema Arts Inc.


Abraham Morewski
as Rabbi Azrielke
Isaac Samberg
as Messenger
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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A film overlaid with real tragedy, created by artists long disappeared, dispersed and destroyed, but one still brimming with life and soul and artistry.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
Electric Sheep

The best of the Yiddish-language cinema.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Film Threat

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