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 The Golem 1915

 

"In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution."

"The Golem was a silent 1915 German horror film starring Paul Wegener as the title character, who also co-wrote and directed along with co-star Henrik Galeen. It told the story of a human sized monster made out of clay in ancient Prague to protect the Jewish people from their persecutors being found in the rubble of an old synagogue in the present day. It is brought back to life and used as a servant, but then it falls in love with a woman and goes on a murderous rampage when its affection goes unanswered.After its release, the film wasn't heard from afterwards, and was reported as being lost for many years. Afterwards, some footage from the first act was recovered, then in 2007, a couple of minutes from the fourth act were recovered as well. Two more Golem films from the same actor/director were produced in the following years (another now lost, the other widely available), but so far aside from a few photos and the aforementioned recovered fragments, no other footage from this film has surfaced."

 

 

The Golem 1915

 

Director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener is credited with creating the first horror movie series, and historians consider THE GOLEM AND THE DANCER (his 1917 follow-up to the 1914 original) to be the first sequel in cinema history. Based on a legend in Jewish mysticism, in 16th-century Prague community leader and astrologer Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinrück) foresees doom for the Jews. When the emperor decrees a pogrom of the Jewish ghetto, Loew molds a forbidding clay golem (Wegener) to save his people. Loew invokes a demon spirit to retrieve a magic word that he places in an amulet on the creature's chest. Once the word is positioned, the giant wedge-haired automaton lives. Danger ensues .

 

 

 "The Golem was a silent 1915 German horror film starring Paul Wegener as the title character, who also co-wrote and directed along with co-star Henrik Galeen. It told the story of a human sized monster made out of clay in ancient Prague to protect the Jewish people from their persecutors being found in the rubble of an old synagogue in the present day. It is brought back to life and used as a servant, but then it falls in love with a woman and goes on a murderous rampage when its affection goes unanswered.  After its release, the film wasn't heard from afterwards, and was reported as being lost for many years. Afterwards, some footage from the first act was recovered, then in 2007, a couple of minutes from the fourth act were recovered as well. Two more Golem films from the same actor/director were produced in the following years (another now lost, the other widely available), but so far aside from a few photos and the aforementioned recovered fragments, no other footage from this film has surfaced."