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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 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 Rabbi returns with the Golem from the Feast, just before the Golem becomes angry at the Rabbi you can see briefly the top of a Crew Members head passing by at the window. This Scene is supposed to be playing in an upper room of a Tower. See more »

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Adventures In Lo-Fi
1 December 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

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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