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The Golem (1915)

Der Golem (original title)
In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the ongoing brutal persecution by the city's rulers,... See full summary »
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In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the ongoing brutal persecution by the city's rulers, is found in the rubble of an old synagogue in the 20th century. Brought to life by an antique dealer, the golem is used as a menial servant. Eventually falling in love with the dealer's wife, it goes on a murderous rampage when its love for her goes unanswered. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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In 2007, a 77 meter length fragment (from Act IV) was newly found, and was presented at the Opening Gala of "CineFest 2007: 4th International Festival of German Film Heritage", along with the 20 meter length fragments from Act I that had already been preserved. It is available on Pal DVD as a supplement of its catalog "Film im Herzen Europas" (ISBN: 3883779261) and has also become available DVD alone in 2008. See more »

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This is NOT the 1920 version!
7 December 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Reviewers of this film seem to be confusing it with Wegener's "The Golem - How He Came Into The World" (1920). Let's clarify:

In 1914, "Der Golem" was filmed. This movie dealt with the resurrection of the Golem in modern times. Known in the USA as "The Monster of Fate", it is considered a lost film. Only about a minute or so survives, somewhere in Germany. Rumors have circulated for years of a single, surviving print - but this seems to be untrue.

The 1920 film was actually Wegener's "prequel" - a film set totally in period, dealing with the creation of the clay being by Rabbi Loew, and how it is brought to life.

The 1920 film is, in my opinion, a must-see; the earlier film is pretty much lost. It is important, however, that we not confuse these two motion pictures.


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