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19 June 1921 (USA) See more »
The 1920 Horror Masterpiece.
In 16th-century Prague, a 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. | Add synopsis »
(16 articles)
Lots of German Angst on Display in this New Anthology
 (From Dread Central. 22 November 2013, 10:00 AM, PST)

The devil's work
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 26 October 2013, 4:51 AM, PDT)

Clip joint: ghettos
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 28 February 2013, 7:08 AM, PST)

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Paul Wegener ... Der Golem / The Golem
Albert Steinrück ... Der Rabbi Löw / Rabbi Loew
Lyda Salmonova ... Miriam, des Rabbi Tochter
Ernst Deutsch ... Der 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
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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Did You Know?

Debut of Fritz Feld.See more »
Continuity: The golem's position relative to the beam when pulling the chain to stoke the fire.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Mabuses Motive (2004) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Adventures In Lo-Fi, 1 December 2008
Author: Karl Self from Yurp

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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