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Welcome to the Movies!


  The Cast:    
Avrom Morewski ... Rabbi Ezriel ben Hodos
Ajzyk Samberg ... Meszulach, the messenger
Mojzesz Lipman ... Sender Brynicer bent
Lili Liliana ... Lea, Sender's daughter
Leon Liebgold ... Chana ben Nisan
Dina Halpern ... Aunt Frade
Max Bozyk ... Nute, Sender's friend
Mae Schoenfeld M. Messinger ... Menasze, the prospective groom
Mae Schoenfeld Gerszon Lemberger ... Nisan ben Rifke
Mae Schoenfeld Samuel Bronecki ... Nachman, Menasze's father
Samuel Landau ... Zalman - swat
Mae Schoenfeld Judith Berg ... Dancer
  Simche Fostel ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Goldenberg ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Gorbanowa ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Hauerowa ...  
Zise Kac ... Mendel
Mae Schoenfeld Peisach Kerman ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Kon ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Abraham Kurc ... Michael
David Lederman ... Meir
Mae Schoenfeld Lipmanowa ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Mel ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Stokfederowa ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Winer ...  

Director: Michael Waszynski
Music: H. Kahn
Written by Alter Kacyzne & Mark Arnstein
from Sholem Anski's play
Choreography: Judith Berg
Filmed in Kazimierz Dolny and Warsaw, Poland
black & white
120 minutes


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.

Boundaries separating the natural from the supernatural dissolve as ill-fated pledges, unfulfilled passions and untimely deaths ensnare two families in a tragic labyrinth of spiritual possession. The film was made on location in Poland in 1937 and brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry, script writers, composers, choreographers, set designers, actors and historical advisors. The film's exquisite musical and dance interludes evoke the cultural richness of both shtetl communities and Polish Jewry on the eve of World War II.

The Dybbuk is a Yiddish film classic based on the celebrated play of the same name by S. Ansky, written during the turbulent years of 1912-1917. The idea for the play came to Ansky as he led a Jewish folklore expedition through small towns of Eastern Europe, which was cut short by the outbreak of World War I. The Dybbuk reflects Ansky's deep perception of the shtetl's religious and cultural mores, as well as his insightful appreciation of its hidden spiritual resources. Plans to produce the play in Russian by Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theater in 1920 were aborted by the Bolshevik Revolution. Ansky, who died in 1920 never lived to see his play produced. The play however, was destined to become one of the most widely-produced in the history of Jewish theater. Its rich ethnographic tapestry, mystical themes, star-crossed lovers and haunting melodies were designed to bridge the historical abyss.

-- The National Center for Jewish Film


"Opening today, 9:30 a.m., to popular prices!
Irving Geist has the honor of presenting the masterful movie, Sh. An-Ski's 'The Dybbuk.'
The Yiddish film that brings honor to the Yiddish names and joy to Yiddish hearts.
Continental Theatre,  Broadway and 52nd Street
25 cents until 1 p.m."

Here is a film clip from the movie





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