Gates open at 6, film begins at 6:30.
The Dybbuk (Der Dibuk)
Poland, 1937, 123 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Michal Waszynski
Based on the play by S. Ansky
Generally considered one of the finest Yiddish films of all time. Thanks to its large Jewish community and relatively low production costs, Poland's interwar period brought about the most films in the Yiddish language in all of Europe. Jewish films, created in big numbers, especially in the second half of the 1930s, were often distributed abroad. Though most were comedies and musicals, producers soon realized that traditional beliefs and Hasidic culture could be attractive film topics for non-Jewish viewers.