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The Golem (1920)
"Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Horror  -  19 June 1921 (USA)
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In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

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Albert Steinrück ...
Lyda Salmonova ...
Miriam, des Rabbi Tochter
Ernst Deutsch ...
Hans Stürm ...
Der Rabbi Jehuda, der Älteste der Gemeinde (as Hanns Sturm)
Max Kronert ...
Der Tempeldiener / Temple Servant
Otto Gebühr ...
Der Kaiser / Emperor Luhois
Dore Paetzold ...
Des Kaisers Kebse
Lothar Müthel ...
Der Junker Florian / Knight Florian
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Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose / Little Girl with Rose
Loni Nest ...
Ein kleines Mädchen / Little Girl
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In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

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The 1920 Horror Masterpiece.

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Fantasy | Horror

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Debut of Fritz Feld. See more »

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The golem's position relative to the beam when pulling the chain to stoke the fire. See more »

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Adventures In Lo-Fi
1 December 2008 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

Imagine shooting a feature-length horror movie with the camera built into your mobile phone. Now imagine disabling sound and colour on your phonecam, only being able to shoot a few seconds at a time, each minute costing a small fortune in recording material, imagine that phonecam being large and unwieldy and kind of knackered so that the already low-resolution image is flickery and erratically exposed, and it plays back too fast so that people look like wound-up dolls. It also exposes blueish light more than reddish light, so each shoot is unpredictable, but of course you'll only know that the next day when the film has been processed.

Welcome to movie-making in the year 1920 AD.

Now go shoot a masterpiece that will still be watched, talked about and revered in a hundred years.

I watched this out of historic interest and expected to be colossally bored. But far from it, this is actually a gripping horror flick, and one with a deep side to it to boot. The Golem himself is an immensely scary horror figure en par with Freddy Kruger or the Alien, kind of a proto-Frankenstein's monster -- and he's actually played by director Paul Wegener himself!. I'd like to know how they made his eyes so scary.

Anyway, what can I say, a stupendous film. Watch it from the edge of your seat.


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