Directed by Piotr Rosolowski and Elwira Niewiera (Poland/Germany, 2017, 82 min.). Digital. English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and German with English subtitles. New England premiere.
He is remembered as a Polish aristocrat, a Hollywood producer, a reprobate and liar, an open homosexual—and especially as the director of the Yiddish classic The Dybbuk, one of the most influential Jewish films ever made. But who, really, was Michał Waszyński (born Moshe Waks), the son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from the Ukraine who died as Prince Michał Waszyński in Italy? Waszyński made more than 40 films, working with Sophia Loren, Ava Garder, Anna Magnani, Orson Welles, and other stars, but his most spectacular creation was his own life. A fabulist constantly shifting identities and blurring the lines between reality and illusion, Waszyński became obsessed with his adaptation of The Dybbuk and its mythical imagery of the shtetl. A modern take on the narrative of the Wandering Jew, The Prince and the Dybbuk asks whether it is ever possible to cut oneself off from one’s roots, and at what cost. Winner of Best Documentary on Cinema at the Venice Film Festival.
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