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The Dybbuk
(Der Dibuk)

This classic adaptation of S. Ansky's story of unfulfilled love, broken promises, and the supernatural is about a "dybbuk" who enters his beloved's body and possesses her.  Considered one of the great Yiddish films!  With Avrom Marevsky, Isaac Samberg, Lili Liliana, Max Bozyk and Leon Liebgold. Poland. Directed by Michal Waszynski.

"It has an enthralling power and is magnificently acted."
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International Herald-Tribune
 

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ISBN 1-56082-082-9
120 min., #722, B&W, 1937,
Yiddish w/Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95



Brussels-Transit
(Dakh-Brisel)

Belgian filmmaker Samy Szlingerbaum felt that the only way he could accurately relate his family’s search for refuge was through his mother-tongue. His own mother narrates in Yiddish the story of how the Szlingerbaum family, leaving Poland, makes its way across Europe in 1947. Rather than just reconstructing real events, the filmmaker recounts the sometimes funny sometimes painful adventures of a family learning to cope with a new environment. A most fascinating study of postwar European Jewry in search of a new identity. Belgium

"Like Josh Waletzky’s Image Before My Eyes, the film arises from the powerful drive of children to address the suffering of their parents’ lives."—Village Voice

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ISBN 1-56082-298-8
88 min., #759, B&W, 1980,
Yiddish w/Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95



Green Fields
(Grine Felder)
Peretz Hirschbein's legendary tale of a young Hasidic scholar who leaves his studies to search the countryside for common people and a meaningful existence close to the land.  He happens upon a family of simple Jewish peasants who take him in as a boarder and tutor for their children, one of whom is an attractive young woman.  With Michael Goldstein, Herschel Bernardi and Helen Beverly. USA. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer & Jacob Ben-Ami. 

"The direction deserves praise for the kindly, understanding manner in which the simple folk-story has been handled and performed."
-Variety
 

 
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ISBN 1-56082-078-0
 
95 min., #732, B&W,1937,  
Yiddish w/new Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95 
 

 

Mirele Efros
Jacob Gordin's classic play about a noble, dignified widow and successful businesswoman who comes into conflict with the daughter-in-law she chose for her son.  Her generosity and love for her son lead to her own undoing.  A classic study in the relations between mothers- and daughters-in-law.  With Berta Gersten, Ruth Elbaum and Michael Rosenberg. USA. Directed by Josef Berne. 
 
"The kind of performance that was as much ritual as theater."-Vincent Canby, New York Times
 

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ISBN 1-56082-006-3  
80 min., #752, B&W, 1938,  
Yiddish w/Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95
 
 
 
  
 

The Light Ahead
(Fishke der Krumer)
Mendele Mokher Seforim's penetrating look at shtetl life!. Fishke, who is lame and a ward of the Jewish community, is in love with Hodl, who is blind.  The two are kept from marrying until a traveling bookseller turns the community's fear of the supernatural to the couple's advantage.  With David Opatoshu, Helen Beverly and Isidore Cashier.  USA. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

"Beverly and Opatoshu are perhaps the most beautiful couple in the history of Yiddish cinema."-The Village Voice
 

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ISBN 1-56082-101-9
94 min., #738, B&W, 1939,
Yiddish w/new Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95


 

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