The Dybbuk (1968)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Israel, West Germany  |  
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This Eastern European Yiddish play concerns two children who are promised to each other in marriage before they are born. The two grow into young adulthood, and the young man meets his fiancee years later when he goes to study in her village. Her father prefers she marry a wealthy man and reneges on his promise to the young man's family. The young man becomes depressed and kills himself over the loss of the woman he has grown to love. On the wedding night, the ghost of the lovesick man possesses the body of the young girl, and a rabbi has to exorcise his spirit from the girl. This feature is a collaboration between German and Israeli acting troops. The next proposed project should find Dracula in charge of the local bloodbank. This feature marks the 50th anniversary of the Habimah Theatre, a Yiddish acting troupe founded in 1918 in Moscow.

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depression, evil-possession, fiancee, jilted, lover, marriage-arranged, possession, rejection, suicide