The Golem

(Der Golem)

Digital Restoration

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

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
  • Paul Wegener
  • Henrik Galeen
  • Karl Freund
  • Guido Seeber
  • Silent
  • with German intertitles and English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 76 mins
  • Murnau-Stiftung

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