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19 June 1921 (USA) See more »
The 1920 Horror Masterpiece.
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. | Add synopsis »
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Paul Wegener ... Der Golem / The Golem
Albert Steinrück ... Der Rabbi Löw / Rabbi Loew
Lyda Salmonova ... Miriam, des Rabbi Tochter / Miriam, the Rabbi's Daughter

Ernst Deutsch ... Der Rabbi Famulus / Rabbi Famulus
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 / The Emperor Kebse
Lothar Müthel ... Der Junker Florian / Knight Florian

Greta Schröder ... Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose / Little Girl with Rose
Loni Nest ... Ein kleines Mädchen / Little Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Ebert ... Temple Servant (uncredited)

Fritz Feld ... Jester (uncredited)
Ursula Nest ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Boese 
Paul Wegener 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henrik Galeen 
Paul Wegener 

Produced by
Paul Davidson .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Landsberger 
Karl-Ernst Sasse (1977)
Aljoscha Zimmermann (2000)
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Guido Seeber 
Art Direction by
Hans Poelzig 
Kurt Richter 
Costume Design by
Rochus Gliese 
Art Department
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Baberske .... assistant camera
Music Department
Douglas M. Protsik .... musician: piano (Hypercube restored version)

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Also Known As:
"Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam" - Germany (original title)
"The Golem: How He Came Into the World" - USA
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Germany:85 min (20 fps) | USA:91 min | USA:101 min (2002 Alpha Video DVD)
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Debut of Fritz Feld.See more »
Miscellaneous: When the Golem stands at the Feast with two Knight Guardians you can see at the end of the Scene that something that look like rocks are falling on the Knight far to the right of the Picture.See more »
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Stunning Imagery that supports the setting, 20 February 2000
Author: David Diamond ( from Great Neck, NY, USA

I caught this restored version of the 1920 German silent classic at Lincoln Center where a new musical score was premiered by the Chamber Music Society. I had never seen the film before and was frankly amazed at the imagery in the sets and costumes and editing of the film. The film's director, Paul Wegener, wearing a thickly padded outfit and wig and high-heeled boots plays the main character, "The Golem". A mythical character from Jewish folklore. For its day, the special effects were also intriguing. I resist describing the movie as anti-semitic but I believe that the portrayal of the jewish ghetto was depicted so dramatically to show that the jews in Prague were outsiders and not welcome in mainstream society. This is evident in the fact that when a nobleman comes to the ghetto, he is greeted by a mammoth closed gate that looks like a precursor to the one used in King-Kong. And most notably, during the creation sequence, a satanic figure appears on screen that would coincide with the European belief a that time that Jews walk hand-in-hand with the Dark forces.

As far as the Golem's performance- this film is really a precursor to "Frankenstein" that Boris Karloff must have seen in its original release - there are so many similarites.

Biggest Image - at the conclusion, the Golem is surrounded by a group of "blond" Aryan-looking children that clearly distinguish them from the ghetto children that we see earlier in the film.

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