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The Golem (1920)

Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (original title)
Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 19 June 1921 (USA)
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.

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Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 / The Rabbi's Famulus
Hans Stürm Hans Stürm ... Der Rabbi Jehuda, der Älteste der Gemeinde (as Hanns Sturm)
Max Kronert Max Kronert ... Der Tempeldiener / Temple Servant
Otto Gebühr ... Der Kaiser / Emperor Luhois
Dore Paetzold Dore Paetzold ... Des Kaisers Kebse / The Emperor's Mistress
Lothar Müthel Lothar Müthel ... Der Junker Florian / Knight Florian
Greta Schröder ... Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose / Young Woman with Rose
Loni Nest Loni Nest ... Ein kleines Mädchen / Little Girl
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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.

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The 1920 Horror Masterpiece. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

19 June 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

| (2002 Alpha Video DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lonis sister Ursula was supposed to play the child that destroyed the Golem, but she was too afraid of Paul Wegener in the Golem costume so she was replaced by her older sister Loni for that part. In the final print Ursula was left playing only one of the children. See more »

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The story is set in the 16th Century. A prediction of doom is made based on the movements of Uranus, which was not discovered until 1781. See more »

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The National Film Museum, Inc. had Hypercube, llc, New York City, digitally restore the movie and provide English intertitles. It has a piano music score composed and performed by Douglas M. Protsik and runs 68 minutes. See more »

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Stunning Imagery that supports the setting
20 February 2000 | by Maestro-15See all my reviews

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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