This screening is sold out.
Directed by Michał Waszyński (Poland, 1937, 123 min.). Digital. Yiddish with new English subtitles. New England premiere.
Join us for this special screening of The National Center for Jewish Film’s new digital restoration of this 1937 Yiddish classic, one of the most important and influential Jewish films of all time.
In this mystical tale of star-crossed lovers, ill-fated vows, 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, the young lover Channon (Leon Liebgold, Tevye) turns to the dangerous power of the Kabbalah to win back his love (Lili Liliana, Kol Nidre). Based on S. Ansky’s play of the same name, and shot in a stylized, Expressionistic manner that has been called “Hasidic Gothic,” The Dybbuk brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry.
“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 NPR film critic), Never Coming to a Theater Near You
“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
Followed by a discussion with NCJF Directors Sharon Pucker Rivo & Lisa Rivo.