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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.
Wes Craven could take some clues from Paul Wegener's concepts.
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.
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.
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