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The Golem

(Der Golem)

Digital Restoration

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
featuring

Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch,

This visually astounding retelling of the Golem myth was inventively brought to life through the collaboration of codirector/actor Paul Wegener, set designer Hans Poelzig, and gifted cinematographer Karl Freund (The Last Laugh; Metropolis), whose work here is some of his best. In medieval Prague, a rabbi creates a monster to protect his people from destruction, but the monster, of course, soon answers only to his own call. A precursor of James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein, whose visuals owe much to Freund’s, The Golem is a landmark of German Expressionism and early horror.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Paul Wegener
  • Henrik Galeen
Cinematographer
  • Karl Freund
  • Guido Seeber
Language
  • Silent
  • with German intertitles and English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 76 mins
Source
  • Murnau-Stiftung
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