Der Golem details
|Starring:||Albert Steinruck, Lyda Salmonova, Paul Wegener, Ernst Deutsch|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||The Golem|
|Run time:||1 hour 8 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Oct 2009|
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Visual feastBy dogboy from London , 29 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I've picked this film up in hmv several times and wondered if it was as good as better known expressionist horror titles like nosfertu and cabinet of dr kaligari... and it is, okay so its not very frightening and the acting as with a lot of silent era films is a bit laughable in places, but this film has stunning set design and some great special effects, it also has a great featurette on expressionist cinema as an extra, so if you want to see the film that influenced horror classics like frankenstein then watch this!
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dumb helpless bruteBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 30 Mar 2012Golem. Original robot or cyborg made of clay and activated by supernatural powers. It looks like soviet muzhik including five point star on its chest that activates it. Made to save Jews it starts to rage coincidentally with Miriam falling in love with prince who isn't Jew and her Jewish fiancee uses Golem to kill his rival. Marx and threat of bolshevism including defeat of it by children who grow up to rid world of such monster is clearly expressed. (In original tale as far as I remember Golem was activated by token slotted into him). I would have thought Hitler and co loved this film in which it isn't made clear that it's supposed to take place in Prague, but rather it looks like typical German city. Powers from above must have got real angry because of his death. I wonder what happened to those who summoned them for their own ends...
Last in the TrilogyBy a customer , 19 Sep 2011Der Golem is an interesting film, worth watching if you are an exponent of early silent German cinema. I preferred the look of the film to the story; in particular I loved the expressionist set, designed by architect Hans Poelzig, including the medieval streets and the intriguing conch shell staircase. The scene summoning the Golem also included some magical special effects. The Golem (played by director Paul Wegener) was also instilled with a sense of humanity, and I was surprised to see similarities between this film and James Whales Frankenstein of 1931, the scene with the little girl being a case in point. To complete the trilogy I would like to see the two earlier Golem films of 1915 and 1917 respectively, and perhaps find out more about Paul Wegener and the fate of the other actors in this film after the rise to power of the Nazi Party in Germany.
Der Wunderbar GolemBy Joogs (2 reviews) from Abbots Langley , 23 Jan 2010I was constantly surprised by the ingenuity of the special effects in this film. Also the expressionist sets are magnificent as is the use of crowd scenes. Silent cinema acting can appear a little stilted (I've seen worse in modern cinema) but of course the over dramatisation was in some way to compensate for the loss of sound and doesn't detract from being engrossed in the plot. Incredibly atmospheric this along with other silent horror such as Nosferatu and Haxan I feel is more frightening in this way than modern cinema could hope to achieve. An excellent example of innovative cinema and historically interesting. Loved it!!
StylishBy Leni (179 reviews) from London , 07 May 2009Other reviewers have rightly reflected on the sets and camera work, all striking. Two other things that struck me are, firstly, the musical score (seems to have been adapted from Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyl in Mussorgsky's Pictures at Exhibition) - a bit intrusive at times but surprisingly fresh; and secondly, the historical subtext, this being 1924 and the beginnings of Nazism, which gives a particular resonance to this tale of a ghetto struggling to survive. This time they won. It was also a beautifully remastered print, and worth watching.
Der GolemBy a customer from Belsize Park , 02 Jan 2009Despite many saying this is an important historical film, it's not the best of it's genre.
It's meant to be an early horror film but instead the drama was exaggerated to the point of comedy!! The depiction of the jews in the ghetto in prague was a caricature and in bad taste. A pantomime. Unfortunately it wasn't entertaining in a good way and the acting and script was amateurish and akward.
I'd suggest watching The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari instead - way more sophisticated and many many times better.
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