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The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt Kam) (1920)

The Golem
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7.3 IMDB rating

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Paul Wegener

Paul Wegener

Der Golem / The Golem
Albert Steinrück

Albert Steinrück

Der Rabbi Löw / Rabbi Loew
Lyda Salmonova

Lyda Salmonova

Miriam, des Rabbi Tochter
Ernst Deutsch

Ernst Deutsch

Der Rabbi Famulus
Hans Stürm

Hans Stürm

Der Rabbi Jehuda, der Älteste der Gemeinde
Max Kronert

Max Kronert

Der Tempeldiener / Temple Servant
Otto Gebühr

Otto Gebühr

Der Kaiser / Emperor Luhois
Dore Paetzold

Dore Paetzold

Des Kaisers Kebse


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Influential German expressionism

6 years, 9 months ago at Dec 9 0:34
1 vote
An excellent silent film made in Germany and making great use of the expressionist style of filmmaking from that era. Made by the same studio that produced The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari that same year. It was one of the first "monster" movies as well. This movie was a huge influence on James Whale when he made Frankenstein in 1931. It involves a Jewish community being persecuted by Christians. The J... read more

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4 years, 3 months ago at Jun 11 3:48
1 vote
The granddaddy of Frankenstein movies, this too early German impressionist movie features Paul Wegener as the iconic Golem, an arcane monster by the star of David created. It is a fable that's more socially conscious than just say, scare the bejeesus out of little German children. Honestly, the story is a tad boring and badly acted but given its importance as a cinema classic, it is something you ... read more

The Golem

1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 26 19:52
1 vote
This might be one of those films which you watch as a completist, and nothing more. The Golem has a fantastic makeup job and a few standout sequences, but everything in-between is just painfully dull.

Other than Paul Wegener’s performance as the titular character, The Golem is filled to the brim with bad acting, the kind that makes people wary of silent films. Lyda Salmonova in p... read more
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Description: An excellent silent film made in Germany and making great use of the expressionist style of filmmaking from that era. Made by the same studio that produced The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari that same year. It was one of the first "monster" movies as well. This movie was a huge influence on James Whale when he made Frankenstein in ... (more)
Release date: 19 June 1921
UPC: 790594437626
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“This might be one of those films which you watch as a completist, and nothing more. The Golem has a fantastic makeup job and a few standout sequences, but everything in-between is just painfully dull.

Other than Paul Wegener’s performance as the titular character, The Golem is filled to the brim with bad acting, the kind that makes people wary of silent films. Lyda Salmonova in particular seems half asleep much of the time, which I guess was supposed to suggest her being drunk on lust and erotic awakenings, but she just looks like she swallowed a Tylenol PM and is about to crash.

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