- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 5, 2005
- Originally Released: 1920
- Label: Film Baby
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2003
"...Handsomely presented. Much of the film's fascination lies in the way it anticipates later horror movies..."
Horror Classic |
- Theatrical release: June 19, 1921.
- Director of photography Karl Freund is closely associated with creating the look of German Expressionist films--in addition to Wegener's THE GOLEM, Freund shot F.W. Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH and Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS. After immigrating to the U.S., Freund made a stunning directorial debut with the horror classic THE MUMMY.
Coscreenwriter Henrik Galeen also cowrote, codirected, and acted in the first version of THE GOLEM with Wegener. In addition, Galeen directed and cowrote the 1926 remake of Wegener's THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE.
- Director Edgar G. Ulmer's (THE BLACK CAT, DETOUR) first job in film was as a silhouette cutter and set builder for THE GOLEM.
- In the original New York Times review of the film (June 20, 1921), the writer praises the "pantomimic quality" of the actors, none of whom are "simply a silenced chatter-box, as are so many supposed screen actors in this country."