In exciting (if questionably legal) news, the entirety of The Dybbuk has been posted on youtube. Made in 1937, the film is based on the play by S. Ansky. Ansky spent years travelling around Galicia (Easter Poland and Western Ukraine) collecting the folk stories of Hasidic Jews, turning the legend of the dybbuk, a soul escaped from Sheol, into a play about love, death, Judaism, and otherworldly possession. Basically, all of the things that would peak my interest.
I’ll admit, I find sections of this movie boring. However, the musical scenes are great, the expressionist cinematography is worth checking out, and it gives you a great look at pre-war Kazimierz here in Krakow. If you don’t make it through the whole thing, be sure to watch the dance with death, which starts around 1:14. That’s worth the price of admission alone.