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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.

Directors:

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 Ernst Deutsch ... Der Rabbi Famulus / Rabbi 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 Kebse
Lothar Müthel Lothar Müthel ... Der Junker Florian / Knight Florian
Greta Schröder ... Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose / Little Girl 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.

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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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 »

Goofs

When the Golem is standing with some Knights at the Rosenfest. At the very end of the scene stones or rocks are falling from above and hitting one of the Knights on his head. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2002 Alpha Video DVD version runs for 101 minutes. This is not evident from the back of the Alpha Video DVD case, which wrongly lists the running time as only 85 minutes. It looks as if Alpha Video somehow got hold of the fullest version currently known - maybe even a complete version of the film, since there are no obvious gaps in the story. See more »

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A very good early horror film, & I wish reviewers would be more careful
5 August 2003 | by AngusHaynesSee all my reviews

This is, currently, the only silent movie I have ever seen, and I was unsure how I'd take it. I had heard a lot about this movie and was expecting big things, and I must say I was impressed.

The only major complain I have is that, as with many older classics, I read a review of it prior to buying in which the reviewer gave WAY too much away (the ending sequence, namely).. this has happened to me far too many times. I really wish reviewers wouldn't assume that everyone has already seen the movies they are reviewing, just because they are 'classics'. It really dampened my experience with the ending of both this movie, and The Man with X-Ray Eyes, just to name a few.

Anywho, the version I saw (the Kino remaster) was great. The picture quality was about as good as you could expect from a film more than 80 years old. The score was very good, maybe a tad repetitive, but it suit the film. The acting is quite good, very reminiscant of the acting style from the mid-to-early 20th century.

The scare factor? Well, probably not much these days. The Jewish ghetto is very well constructed, and really suits the setting. The golem himself is not so scary, more goofy to me, but to people in 1920, I can imagine he could have been quite scary. This is more of an 'interest' movie, than an all-out scare fest. You can really see where so many of the great horror/scare films over the years got their ideas from after seeing early films such as this.

I would definately recommend everyone who is interested in horror to track it down. Don't be put off by the fact that it's a silent film, it took all of 20 seconds for me to forget that completely, and to just enjoy the film.


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