The Golem (1915 film)
Scene from film
|Directed by||Paul Wegener
|Produced by||Hanns Lippmann|
|Written by||Paul Wegener
|Running time||60 min.|
Der Golem (German: Der Golem, shown in the USA as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 silent horror film written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. It is inspired by ancient Jewish legend. It is a long lost film, though the Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses "108 meter fragments". (Silentera.com states, however, that a "print exists".) It is the first of a trilogy by Wegener, followed by The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). David Brooks, writing as a columnist for Minnesota Daily, said the film "deals with the tragic issues in life."
In modern times, an antiques dealer (Henrik Galeen) finds a golem (Paul Wegener), a clay statue brought to life by a rabbi four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem as a servant, but the golem falls in love with the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem commits a series of murders.
- Fragments of The Golem is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- The Golem at the Internet Movie Database
- The Golem at AllMovie
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