The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)

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Actor-director Paul Wegener made three films built around the mythical creature of Jewish legend: Golem was released in 1914, and a sequel of sorts, Der Golem und die Tänzerin, came out in 1917. This is the one film which has survived and is regarded among the landmarks of early German expressionism. In medieval Prague, Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck) observes the stars and concludes that trouble is brewing for his people. When the emperor issues a decree threatening the expulsion of Jews from the city, the rabbi, a master of magic, activates the Golem, a monstrous clay figure, to help save his congregation. The rabbi's daughter, Miriam (Lyda Salmonova, who also played this role in the 1914 film) is courted by two men, Famulus (Ernst Deutsch), the rabbi's assistant, and Knight Florian (Lathar Menthel), a messenger for the emperor. Famulus re-activates the Golem to vanquish his rival, and the monster goes berserk. Stylized sets and moody cinematography elevated Der Golem above the standard features of its time, its central figure has been the focus of a number of films produced in various countries, and the name has become a generic descriptor for any lumbering creature which can't be easily controlled. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

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Fritz Feld
as Jester
Lathar Menthel
as Knight Florian
Lyda Salmonova
as Rabbi's Daughter
Hanns Sturm
as Emperor Rudolph II
Paul Wegener
as The Golem
Duane Jarvis
as Lead Guitar
Jason Carter
as Drums/Percussion
Eric Drew Feldman
as Keyboards/Synthetics
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Critic Reviews for The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)

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Audience Reviews for The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)

  • Feb 26, 2017
    One of the most important German cinematic masterpieces, The Golem is a adaptation of the Jewish story about an clay figure saving the Jewish people in 16th century prage. I am confused about what the film wanted to convey but it was technically beautiful.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2010
    This movie is pretty magical for it's time, and the plot seems interesting at first, but I didn't understand how and if the Golem saved the jews in the end. It's not very clear.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2009
    More a tale than a horror movie, to be honest, but a good story very well done, with a strong message (not very safe to play by the God). Really beautiful sets and costumes... just like in a tale! Jewish issues are an interesting choice, especially in light of the end. I understand that one of them still has that star and the story can restart anytime. It's just my imagination or is read so that they are an extremely powerful and dangerous people, because I have never heard that Jews had used witchcraft?
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2009
    This movie is one of the greatest silents that I have ever seen. Amazing work here, I think that this movie shows German Expressionism better than Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The effects alone are enough for you to fall in love, but there is more. Art Direction, Cinematography, Acting, and the Story are all contributing factors. The Jews, who practice black magic and astrology. Are under persecution from the kingdom of Prague, who wants them out! Rabbi Lowe wont have that though, he creates a giant Golem out of clay to protect the ghetto, that he brings to life by placing the "magic" word into a star in the middle of his chest. The Golem does the Rabbi's bidding and protects the Jews in the Ghetto by warding off the evil emperor and his people of Prague. Its not enough for the Rabbi's right hand man though. Who is jealous that the Rabbi's daughter is dating some shiksa! Furious the Rabbi's buddy sicks the Golem on the guy and all hell breaks loose. The only way to stop the Golem now is if there is some little girl who will rip the star from the Golem's chest! Whats that? Oh there is!? Well, i guess you'll have to see it to see if that happens. Paul Wegener plays Der Golem here, and he does an amazing job. This Golem is a very, very imposing force. His expressions are great, it makes the movie worth watching just for the expressions. I was thoroughly impressed with this gem and you should all see it. Top 100 movies to see before you kick the bucket! I think so, I would have to give this movie a 9/10. Highest rating i have given out thus far. Excellent film, all be it a little Anti-Semite. Take it and love it Sid
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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