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Der Golem

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Directed by Paul Wegener, Carl Boese | 1920 | Germany| 85mins

Precedes the ticketed event Art Salon: Fairy Tales

One of most important contributions to German Expressionist cinema, the 1920 version of Der Golem is a must-see for lovers of Weimar Cinema.

In the Jewish ghetto in 16th Century Prague, the community leader and astrologer Rabbi Löw’s (Albert Steinrück) foresees doom for his people written in the stars. A short time later the Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebühr) issues an expulsion order to the people of the ghetto and they are to leave the city. In an attempt to save his people, Löw creates a forbidding clay golem (Paul Wegener) that he brings to life with the assistance of a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creature’s chest. Subsequently the Golem saves the Emperor’s life and the order is rescinded. Initially the Golem does nothing but good, but changes after Löw’s assistant Famulus (Ernst Deutsch) uses the creature to ward off Count Florian (Lothar Müthel), who is competing with him for the affections of the Rabbi’s daughter Miriam (Lyda Salmonova). Famulus tries to remove the amulet and to return the Golem to rest, but fails as the enraged creature embarks on a trail of destruction, burning Löw’s house and making off with Miriam; the whole community is threatened.

 

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