The Golem (Silent)
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1920
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Hans Sturm, Paul Wegener, Lyda Salmonova & Lothar Muthel|
|Directed by||Paul Wegener & Carl Boese|
|Cinematography by||Karl Freund|
"...Handsomely presented. Much of the film's fascination lies in the way it anticipates later horror movies..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
- 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 58 ratings.
Paul Wegener's portrayal of the title animated clay statue surely paved the way for future film depictions of the Frankenstein monster. Despite his robotic movements, The Golem has real personality. He smirks arrogantly when Gentile onlookers are awed by a display of his strength, leers at pretty girls when maker Rabbi Loew isn't looking, and literally glows with hellish fury when the Rabbi and his assistant attempt to turn him off by removing the magic seal on his chest. While not as nail-bitingly scary as 1922's Nosferateu, The Golem is an excellent silent horror film, well worth seeing.
As with Kubrick's 2001, The Golem is a film I can see over and over again for the sheer beauty of its images. Recently, I saw the ultra-expensive "authorized" restored version of this film and it was actually worse quality than this bargain priced disc! What a disappointment! This disc is the best version of The Golem I have ever seen. Naturally, it is not pristene. No real clean copies exist, but this is as good as it gets. I am glad I bought this and not the other expensive one. All cinema buffs should have a copy of this prototype of all monster movies. Thanks to Alpha Video for preserving a masterpiece.
This was a very good film and ranks up there with some of the very best silent movies. The movie has an eerie atmosphere throught that draws you in. The picture quality on this Alpha DVD is quite good making this quite a bargain. Highly recommended!
Eerie and atmospheric…
This is a pretty spooky silent horror flick. I thought the conjuration scene was especially well done. In it, a demon is summoned in the form of a disembodied head. Weird! This DVD is not bad quality-wise. The picture is better in the beginning and softens a bit midway through. However, it’s very good considering the age of the film and the overall effect is satisfying. Sound is what you’d expect from a silent film. Nice artwork, as always. I so pleased with this purchase that I ordered 15 other titles from these guys!!
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