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Herbert J. Leder
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After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed - only one statue withstood the fire mysteriously undamaged. Suddenly Grove is lying dead on the ground - killed by the statue? Pimm finds out that the cursed statue has been created by Rabbi Loew in 16th century and will withstand every human attempt to destroy it. Pimm decides to use it to his own advantage... Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
A nice concept that goes somewhat astray, still neat kooky 60's Brit horror
This film is as fine an example as any of one that could have been really cracking but just lacked the nerve or the nous to really make something good of itself. Which is not to say that it isn't a toothsome slice of vintage oddball British horror, but the plot doesn't go as far as it could and the execution is a little shaky. Its fortunate therefore that the film has ample oddball amusement and a smattering of genuinely fine scenes to hold it all together in a pleasant enough package. The film sees Roddy McDowell as a young and put upon assistant curator in a museum, dedicated to his work, ambitious but disatisfied, and somewhat strange. At the scene of a warehouse fire he discovers a golem, indestructible stone giant and legendary protector of the Jewish faith. Unsurprisingly he begins to use the creature for his bidding but soon things go wrong. McDowell is the key to this one, off centre from the start and slowly but surely spiralling down as the film progresses. He is mostly sympathetic, more so at the beginning and captures in a quirkily compelling, often darkly amusing and at times even poignant fashion his characters degeneration. Even if slightly hammy its a vivid and potent performance and has a liveliness that cuts through all his scenes, even when stiffly directed or silly. Jill Haworth provides good support in a thin but enticing role, effortlessly sweet and charming whilst Paul Maxell has an easy smoothness as an American come to take the Golem away. These three stars all have good chemistry and some of their interactions are nicely written. The films problem is that it doesn't give the Golem enough to do, sure it walks around and carries out some very suspect orders but its actions never live up to its potential for mayhem and the budget doesn't allow it any good destruction. It is an interesting beast for sure and fun to watch when on screen, but not so exciting and writer/director Herbert J. Leder doesn't have enough style to compensate for the low budget. Its a significant issue but not a devastating one, the swinging 60's London setting is full of charm and it has a lot of incidental entertainment as a period piece, the aforementioned great work from McDowell and a finale barmy enough to be perversely exciting. there is even decent intrigue developed in the build up to things getting underway and a fine and creepy scene with an ominous Jewish translator. Altogether this isn't a great film by any means, but is almost certainly worth a look for lovers of this era and style of cinema, a goofy old school British oddity bundling along nicely with enough kicks to it to raise a smile. So if it sounds like your sort of thing it might be worth giving a whirl.
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