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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 amazing adventure of the strangest figure ever filmed- unlike any production to ever reach the screen- tremendous in its realism- awe-inspiring in its remarkable action- the wonder of the generation. Thousands of people- whole cities destroyed- action that will make you grip your seat. (Print Ad- Arizona Republican, ((Phoenix, Az)) 6 December 1921) See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

19 June 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Aemaet", the life-giving word which Rabbi Lowe compels from the spirit Astaroth is also reflected in the bolts of lightning at the end of the creation scene. See more »

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When the dancers move for the first time at the Kaisers Feast you can see briefly a Hand from behind the camera, in the left Corner, giving some sort of Signal. 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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A fascinating tale and a complete misrepresentation of an entire religion.
9 December 2012 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

"The Golem" lays the cinematic groundwork for the 1931 motion picture version of "Frankenstein" . In character design, wardrobe, and interaction with its creator and the world around it, the two monsters do resemble one another. In this case, "The Golem", is a monster created from clay and magic rather than from spare body parts and science, and the monster's creator is a Rabbi. I think I was more shocked to see a Rabbi portrayed as someone who openly dabbled in the black arts and astrology than anything else the film offered. The Rabbi is even shown conjuring up a "god" - Asteroth - and forcing him to produce the life-giving word to bring "The Golem" to life. Any casual reader of the Old Testament will see that the Jews were repeatedly warned against having anything to do with the occult - it was considered blasphemy and worthy of the death penalty under Jewish law. If this is how Germans perceived the practice of the Jewish religion in 1920, fifteen years before the Holocaust began, it might explain a great deal, but nothing about this aspect of the film is mentioned in the extra features of the Kino set in which I saw it, "German Horror Classics".

One more interesting parallel to the 1931 film "Frankenstein" is in how the Golem, originally created to protect the Jews but now on a rampage, is destroyed. It is a twist on a similar innocent act in "Frankenstein", one so horrific in its effect that the scene was exorcised from prints of Frankenstein throughout the production code era. I suggest you watch both films and see what I'm talking about.


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