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The Man of Stone (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.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

André-Paul Antoine (screenplay), Julien Duvivier (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Baur ... L'empereur Rodolphe II - roi de Bohème
Roger Karl ... Lang - Le chancelier
Charles Dorat Charles Dorat ... Jacob - Le rabbin
Roger Duchesne ... Trignac
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Toussaint
Gaston Jacquet ... Friedrich - le chef de la police
Ferdinand Hart ... Le Golem
Germaine Aussey ... La comtesse Strada
Jany Holt ... Rachel
Truda Grosslichtová Truda Grosslichtová ... Madame Benoit (as Tania Doll)
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Ernst Reicher 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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A brilliant new version of the celebrated legend!

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man of Stone See more »

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Production Co:

AB See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Edited into Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1943) See more »

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Better than the 1920 film
13 January 2006 | by David ElroySee all my reviews

Duvivier's Golem is a rough sequel to the far-more-famous 1920 German production with Paul Wegener. It is a European court drama first and a horror/fantasy second, but for viewers who don't mind that sort of balance it is a fascinating experience. At times it resembles The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) or Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible.

All characters are sympathetic, including the paranoid and desperate emperor and his ruthless but loyal chamberlain. A suave Frenchman appears first to be a self-serving seducer but shows later that he can be exceedingly generous. The Jews are perhaps drawn with a bit too much seriousness, but their faith and idealism is hard not to admire. The actual golem awakens only for the final action scenes, but the wait is worth it. Unlike Wegener's golem which resembled a child's toy, this golem appears as a tall imposing man, stiff but realistic. A brisk, intelligent film.


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