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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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Albert Steinrück ...
Der Rabbi Löw / Rabbi Loew
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Ernst Deutsch ...
Der Rabbi Famulus / Rabbi Famulus
Hans Stürm ...
Der Rabbi Jehuda, der Älteste der Gemeinde (as Hanns Sturm)
Max Kronert ...
Der Tempeldiener / Temple Servant
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Der Kaiser / Emperor Luhois
Dore Paetzold ...
Des Kaisers Kebse / The Emperor Kebse
Lothar Müthel ...
Der Junker Florian / Knight Florian
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Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose / Little Girl with Rose
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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Debut of Fritz Feld. See more »

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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 »

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Stunning Imagery that supports the setting
20 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I caught this restored version of the 1920 German silent classic at Lincoln Center where a new musical score was premiered by the Chamber Music Society. I had never seen the film before and was frankly amazed at the imagery in the sets and costumes and editing of the film. The film's director, Paul Wegener, wearing a thickly padded outfit and wig and high-heeled boots plays the main character, "The Golem". A mythical character from Jewish folklore. For its day, the special effects were also intriguing. I resist describing the movie as anti-semitic but I believe that the portrayal of the jewish ghetto was depicted so dramatically to show that the jews in Prague were outsiders and not welcome in mainstream society. This is evident in the fact that when a nobleman comes to the ghetto, he is greeted by a mammoth closed gate that looks like a precursor to the one used in King-Kong. And most notably, during the creation sequence, a satanic figure appears on screen that would coincide with the European belief a that time that Jews walk hand-in-hand with the Dark forces.

As far as the Golem's performance- this film is really a precursor to "Frankenstein" that Boris Karloff must have seen in its original release - there are so many similarites.

Biggest Image - at the conclusion, the Golem is surrounded by a group of "blond" Aryan-looking children that clearly distinguish them from the ghetto children that we see earlier in the film.


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