The Golem (Silent) (Restored Authorized Edition)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 24, 2002
- Originally Released: 1920
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: A Comparison of FAUST (1926) and Chayim Block's THE GOLEM
- Shorts: Excerpt from Julien Duvivier's LE GOLEM
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Art
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lyda Salmonova, Lothar Muthel, Paul Wegener & Hans Sturm|
|Directed by||Paul Wegener & Carl Boese|
"...Handsomely presented. Much of the film's fascination lies in the way it anticipates later horror movies..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolf II in 16th century Prague, a Talmudic rabbi (Albert Steinruck) creates a giant warrior (Paul Wegener) to protect the safety of his people. Sculpted of clay and animated by the mysterious secrets of the Cabala, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism, yet equally capable of dreadful violence. When the rabbi's assistant (Ernst Deutsch) takes control of the Golem and attempts to use him for selfish gain, the lumbering monster runs rampant, abducting the rabbi's daughter (Lyda Salmonova) and setting fire to the ghetto.
With its remarkable creation sequence (a dazzling blend of religion, sorcery and special effects) and the grand scale destruction of its climax, The Golem was one of the greatest achievements of the legendary UFA Studios, and remains and undeniable landmark in the evolution of horror film.
- 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."
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 34 ratings.
I a glad to see that the price on this dvd has dropped; it used to cost a lot more. But it is not worth it. Get the $5.95 Alpha Video version instead (see my review there). This is tinted in the most garish colors. If you turn the color off, the print is not better than the less expensive disc. IMO, this is one of the most beautiful films ever made. The sets are astounding and the acting superior with very few intertitles needed. But again, order the Alpha Video version instead. You will save money and get a better print.