The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) (1920)
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Critic Reviews for The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
Of the four extant versions of this perennial horror classic, Paul Wegener's 1920 version remains the best.
The Golem, carefully crafted and visually impressive work, has lost little of its power over the decades.
This classic in horror is mainly enjoyed for its powerful visuals.
Paul Wegener directs and stars in an enduring example of German Expressionist horror, based on an ancient Jewish myth.
Audience Reviews for The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
a strange and wonderful jewish folktale is brought to life in one of the most beautiful and influential german expressionist films. it's impossible not to think of james whale's 'frankenstein' while watching this
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.
The film's special effects, musical score, and editing make it an easy entry in the classic horror genre. However, it takes a back seat when compared to its' peers. The vision of actor Paul Wegener clomping about in platform heels and starched wig is comical rather than an horrific sight by modern audiences, but The Golem is a good story and Wegener and Carl Boese's direction is exceptional. The images are striking and many scenes will resonate in the mind, made all the more powerful through silent cinema.
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