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The Golem (1936)

Le golem (original title)
The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

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Credited cast:
Harry Baur ...
L'empereur Rodolphe II, roi de Bohème
Roger Karl ...
Le chancelier Lang
Charles Dorat ...
Le rabbin Jacob
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Trignac
Raymond Aimos ...
Toussaint
Gaston Jacquet ...
Friedrich, le chef de la police
Ferdinand Hart ...
Germaine Aussey ...
La comtesse Strada
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Rachel
Truda Grosslichtová ...
Madame Benoit (as Tania Doll)
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Ernst Reicher
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The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

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The synagogue seen in the initial scenes (and others) is clearly modeled on the Alt-Neu Synagogue in Prague, supposedly the place where the Golem would have been stored. See more »

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Version of The Emperor and the Golem (1952) See more »

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Duvivier' s nadir in the thirties.
17 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm sincerely sorry not to join the chorus of praises of the other users.I've seen most of Duvivier's talkies and I have always been his fan.But "le golem" is definitely not my cup of tea.Eclecticism was Duvivier's trademark (his precedent movie was "Golgotha" an underrated version of the Passion.)But his metier was film noir ;check his filmography: all his best works belong to the genre.

The main problem with this Golem -which may or may not have inspired Mary Shelley- is that the director does not choose between comedy and drama.Harry Baur's talent is unquestionable,but you'd better see him in "David golder" where he plays a Jew;In the Golem,it seems that the Jewish culture eludes Duvivier (it eludes me too of course),and it is not his use of (beautiful) hymns which will make me change my mind.The ten-minute appearance of Golem is not even impressive ,and when he returns to ashes,well...

Outside "David Golder" ,people interested in Duvivier's work should see "Poil de Carotte" "La Belle Equipe" "Pepe le Moko" "Carnet de Bal" and "La Fin du Jour" all French classics of the thirties.


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