THE DYBBUK / Der Dibuk
Join us for this special event screening of one of the
most important and influential Jewish films of all time.
In this mystical tale of star crossed lovers and supernatural possession, two friends tempt fate by betrothing their unborn children. Years later when the pledge is broken and the couple’s love is thwarted, Channon the young lover (Leon Liebgold, Tevye) turns to the dangerous power of the Kabbalah to win back his love (Lili Liliana, Kol Nidre). Made in Poland on the eve of WWII in a stylized, Expressionistic manner that has been called “Hasidic Gothic,” The Dybbuk, based on S. Ansky’s play, brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry.
“One of the most solemn attestations to the mystic powers of the spirit the imagination has ever purveyed to the film reel.” –Parker Tyler, Classics of the Foreign Film
“The Dybbuk is haunting and atmospheric, a chilling supernatural romance that functions as a privileged glimpse into the past, to a time when rabbis regularly performed prodigious miracles, when spirits of the dead wandered the Earth, and when tampering with the supernatural inevitably led to the most dire results.” –Kenneth Turan (LA Times and National Public Radio film critic), Not Coming To Theater Near You
See also: THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK
Director: Michal Waszynski | Poland | 1937 | 123m | Yiddish w/ new English subtitles
CO-PRESENTED BY: Jewish Arts Collaborative
PARTNER: Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University