The Golem (1915 film)

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The Golem
The Golem 1915 Film Poster.jpg
Der Golem, the 1915 German, silent, horror film, shown in the U.S., as The Monster of Fate, from a theatrical, movie poster, with risque artwork
Directed by Paul Wegener
Henrik Galeen
Produced by Hanns Lippmann
Written by Paul Wegener
Henrik Galeen
Starring Paul Wegener
Rudolf Blümner
Carl Ebert
Henrik Galeen
Lyda Salmonova
Release date
  • 15 January 1915 (1915-01-15)
Running time
60 minutes
Country German Empire
Language Silent
German intertitles

Der Golem (German: Der Golem, shown in the USA, as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 German silent horror partially lost film, written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. It is inspired by ancient Jewish legend. 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).


In modern times, an antiques dealer (Henrik Galeen) finds a golem (Paul Wegener), a clay statue, brought to life, by a Kabbalist rabbi, using a magical amulet, four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem, as a servant, but the golem falls in love with Jessica (Lyda Salmonova), the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem commits a series of murders.




Preservation status[edit]

The Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses "108 meter fragments".[1] While many sources consider it a lost film, states that a "print exists",[2] and Professor Elizabeth Baer notes in her book The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction that Donald Glut claimed in The Frankenstein Legend that "European film collector" Paul Sauerlaender tracked down "a complete print" in 1958; Baer is careful, however, to point out that "Glut provides no source for this information."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Der Golem". Deutsche Kinemathek. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Der Golem". Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Baer, Elizabeth R. (April 16, 2012). The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction. Wayne State University Press. p. 196. ISBN 9780814336274.

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