The Golem (1915 film)
Paul Wegener (Golem) and Lyda Salmonova (Jessica) in the film
|Directed by||Paul Wegener
|Produced by||Hanns Lippmann|
|Written by||Paul Wegener
Der Golem (German: Der Golem, shown in the USA as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 German silent horror 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). 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.
The Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses "108 meter fragments". While many sources consider it a lost film, silentera.com states that a "print exists", 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."
- "Der Golem". Deutsche Kinemathek. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
- "Der Golem". silentera.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
- Baer, Elizabeth R. (April 16, 2012). The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction. Wayne State University Press. p. 196. ISBN 9780814336274.
- Fragments of The Golem is available for free download at the Internet Archive
- The Golem at the Internet Movie Database
- The Golem at AllMovie
- The Golem, a soundtrack written and performed by Black Francis at the 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival for the 1920 film The Golem: How He Came into the World.