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The Golem (1920)



The Golem

(1920)

Horror / Silent

85 minutes

Directed by Paul Wegener

Cast:

Paul Wegener as The Golem
Albert Steinrück as Rabbi Loew
Lyda Salmonova as Miriam
Ernst Deutsch as Rabbi Famulus
Hanns Stürm as Rabbi Jehuda
Max Kronert as Temple Servant
Otto Gebühr as Emperor Luhois

In 16th century Prague, Rabbi Loew creates a terrifying giant golem from clay to protect his people from their persecutors.  Employing sorcery, he brings the artificial man to life, endowing him with human emotions.  Famulus, Loew’s evil assistant, manages to take control of the golem, commanding it to perform sordid criminal acts culminating in the kidnapping of the Rabbi’s beautiful daughter, Miriam.  The monster , outraged by his vile misuse, rebels and a deadly rampage ensues. 

With high, angular sets by famed architect Hans Poelzig and full of wonderful imagery captured by the camera of Karl Freund, this silent classic captivates the eye.  Masterfully combining terror and pathos, Wegener’s still-limbed portrayal of the golem is clearly influenced by Boris Karloff’s performance in Frankenstein.




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Matinee Classics - The Golem starring Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Max Kronert and Otto Gebuhr
Matinee Classics - The Golem starring Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Max Kronert and Otto Gebuhr
Matinee Classics - The Golem starring Paul Wegener, Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Hanns Sturm, Max Kronert and Otto Gebuhr


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