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Still Watching the Skies: 2017 Passover Special “The Dybbuk”

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 by | 0 comments

In an effort to really explore the long tail of rare films, and to go beyond the predominant holidays, Robert and Nat are pleased to present for your Passover listening pleasure THE DYBBUK. It’s a little out of our usual bally-wick, we don’t often sit down to watch 1937 Jewish fantasy films from Poland in Yiddish, but as you can tell from that description it’s a very unique film.

Since we know it’s rare, here’s a handy link to watching THE DYBBUK on YouTube.


Based on a play by S. Ansky, THE DYBBUK tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, separated by a broken vow from a father, that want to find any way to be together. There is a grave messenger issuing warnings at every turn. A father that has let his better nature be subsumed by greed, Jewish mysticism and folklore, a tinge of expressionism, detailed art direction and costuming depicting a world that would be shortly destroyed, and a selection of Jewish songs. Given the looming Nazi invasion of Poland, this stands as a true monument to a people.

There’s a lot to discuss in the film. And some criticisms of a film that certainly is clearly based on a play. The Coen Brothers and A SERIOUS MAN also decide to make an appearance in our discussion, for many obvious reasons as we discuss where the influences of the film may lead us to.

The Passover holiday is fast approaching, so give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Later this month, we take a trip to New Zealand in the 1980s and the post-apocalyptic vision of THE QUIET EARTH. Don’t get left behind for this one.


Robert Reineke
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