Der Golem

Der Golem

Director: Karl Boese, Paul Wegener Cast: Ernst Deutsch, Fritz Feld


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Actor-director Paul Wegener made three films built around the mythical creature of Jewish legend: Golem was released in 1914, and a sequel of sorts, Der Golem und die Tänzerin, came out in 1917. This is the one film which has survived and is regarded among the landmarks of early German expressionism. In medieval Prague, Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck) observes the stars and concludes that trouble is brewing for his people. When the emperor issues a decree threatening the expulsion of Jews from the city, the rabbi, a master of magic, activates the Golem, a monstrous clay figure, to help save his congregation. The rabbi's daughter, Miriam (Lyda Salmonova, who also played this role in the 1914 film) is courted by two men, Famulus (Ernst Deutsch), the rabbi's assistant, and Knight Florian (Lathar Menthel), a messenger for the emperor. Famulus re-activates the Golem to vanquish his rival, and the monster goes berserk. Stylized sets and moody cinematography elevated Der Golem above the standard features of its time, its central figure has been the focus of a number of films produced in various countries, and the name has become a generic descriptor for any lumbering creature which can't be easily controlled.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
UPC: 0755491189320
Original Release: 1920
Source: The Bureau
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Sales rank: 44,527

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernst Deutsch Famulus
Fritz Feld Jester
Otto Gebuhr Actor
Lathar Menthel Knight Florian
Lyda Salmonova Rabbi's Daughter
Hanns Sturm Emperor Rudolph II
Albert Steinruck Rabbi Loew
Paul Wegener The Golem
Duane Jarvis Lead Guitar
Joseph Pope Bass
Ralph Carney Horns
Jason Carter Drums/Percussion
Eric Drew Feldman Keyboards/Synthetics

Technical Credits
Karl Boese Director
Paul Wegener Director,Screenwriter
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Henrik Galeen Screenwriter
Guido Seeber Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Francis: The Golem
2. Opening Credits [3:42]
3. Bad News [3:50]
4. Astaroth [3:11]
5. The Maharal [5:27]
6. Miriam and Florian [8:52]
7. Stars [4:05]
8. The Conjuring [3:36]
9. Astaroth (Reprise) [1:58]
10. The Word [3:11]
11. The Obedient Servant [5:59]
12. The Maharal (Reprise) [5:32]
13. The Flower Song (Preview) [2:41]
14. Makanujo [3:47]
15. Meet Me At The Ghetto Gates [3:53]
16. Custom All The Way [5:52]
17. You're Gonna Pay [3:52]
18. The Word (Reprise) [3:38]
19. Oh How I Wish I Could Stay [4:47]
20. Oh How I Wish I Could Stay (Reprise) [1:30]
21. The Flower Song [4:12]
22. The Obedient Servant (Reprise-End Credits) [1:22]

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