Directed by Paul Wegener
A man-made monster wreaks havoc on a city in this silent proto-Frankenstein story. Adapted from an ancient Hebrew legend, the film tells of a rabbi who creates an indestructible warrior (actor/director Paul Wegener) out of clay, then uses the Kabbalah to bring it to life, hoping it will protect the Jews from an anti-semitic despot. But when the rabbi's assistant attempts to use the Golem for personal gain, the monster runs rampant and kidnaps the rabbi's daughter. THE GOLEM remains of the most important examples of both silent horror and Jewish cinema.
A man-made monster wreaks havoc on a city in this silent proto-Frankenstein story.
Cast: Paul Wgener, Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova
Great to be able to see the early horror films. More interesting than most contemporary movies with much bigger budgets.
Seen it awhile ago, but a fantastic, creepy, visually intriguing albeit slow moving silent film curiosity from the 20th century. It uniquely centers around the old Jewish legend of "the Golem" with references to Frankenstein and Prometheus (the story).
There's something special about silent films, they're a type of film lost to time, they give off a strange, eerie feel when you watch them, how can you not appreciate this?
A horror masterpiece!