The Dybbuk (film)

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The Dybbuk
Original Polish release poster
Directed byMichał Waszyński
Produced byZygfryd (or Zygmunt) Mayflauer[1]
Written byS. Ansky (play),
S. A. Kacyzna (writer)
Music byHenryk Kon
CinematographyAlbert Wywerka
Edited byGeorge Roland
Release date
26 September 1937
Running time
125 minutes (original),
108 minutes (USA),
123 minutes (existing print)

The Dybbuk (Yiddish: דער דיבוק‎, Der Dibuk; Polish: Dybuk) is a 1937 Yiddish-language Polish fantasy drama directed by Michał Waszyński. It is based on the play The Dybbuk by S. Ansky.

The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds (Yiddish: דער דיבוק, אָדער צווישן צוויי וועלטן‎; Der Dibuk, oder Tsvishn Tsvey Veltn) is a 1914 play by S. Ansky, relating the story of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk – a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person – on the eve of her wedding. The Dybbuk is considered a seminal play in the history of Jewish theatre, and played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by Ansky, who traveled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and Ukraine, documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews.

The film, with some changes in the plot structure, starred Lili Liliana [de] as Leah, Leon Liebgold as Hannan (Channon, in the English-language subtitles), and Abraham Morewski [de] as Rabbi Azrael ben Hodos. The film adds an additional act before those in the original play: it shows the close friendship of Sender and Nisn as young men. Besides the language of the film itself, the picture is noted among film historians for the striking scene of Leah's wedding, which is shot in the style of German Expressionism. The film is generally considered one of the finest in the Yiddish language. The Dybbuk was filmed on location in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, and in Feniks Film Studio in Warsaw.[2]



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  1. ^ Zygmunt Mayflauer at Internet baza folmowa ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)
  2. ^ Kriza, Elisa (2018). Jiddische Filme verstehen: Religiöse Symbolik und kultureller Kontext. 24. Bamberg: University of Bamberg Press. p. 40. doi:10.20378/irbo-51955. ISBN 978-3-86309-583-3.

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