The Golem

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In 16th century Prague, Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck) interprets an alignment of stars as a sign that disaster is about to befall the city's Jews. The following day, Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebühr) bans Loew's people from Prague, prompting the rabbi to build a statue, known as the Golem (Paul Wegener), that he hopes to animate as a savior. Brought to life by an evil spirit, Astaroth, the creature is, at first, gentle and compassionate. That, however, quickly changes as the creature goes insane.

Cast & Crew

Paul Wegener
Der Golem, The Golem
Albert Steinruck
Der Rabbi Löw, Rabbi Loew
Ernst Deutsch
Der Rabbi Famulus
Lydia Salmonova
Miriam
Hans Stürm
Der Rabbi Jehuda
Otto Gebühr
Der Kaiser, Emperor Luhois
Lothar Muthel
Der Junker Florian, Knight Florian
Greta Schröder
Ein Mägdelein mit der Rose
Loni Nest
Ein kleines Mädchen
Max Kronert
Der Tempeldiener
Paul Wegener
Director
Henrik Galeen
Screenwriter
Paul Wegener
Screenwriter
Paul Davidson
Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)

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  • Wegener is the Golem, and he is uncanny in the suggestion of the supernatural in his face and movements.

    October 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The production is an impressively dignified one and the scenes of medieval limes are well visualized, with some magnificent mob scenes. The cast has been carefully selected with a view to the depiction of ancient types and are all excellent.

    October 13, 2020 | Full Review…

    Joshua Lowe

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  • Fascinating, exciting to the imagination, and yet so unfamiliar in all of its aspects that it always seems remote, elusive even, when one would like to get closer to its meaning.

    October 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The methods of production are always interesting, and, unlike some films which come to us from Germany, it combines with some clever clever effects a gripping story.

    October 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Although the picture itself is fascinating enough, many... will take a great pleasure in studying the vagaries of the silent, horrible monster who stalks to and fro, minus human intelligence, yet endowed with a wistful longing to mingle with [humans].

    October 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Reconstructing medieval Prague with painted, angular, heavily stylised sets in a Berlin studio, Der Golem would, with The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from the same year, introduce German Expressionism as the nightmarish, neurotic mode of horror cinema

    November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.
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  • 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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