Widely recognized as the source of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the ancient Hebrew legend the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema.
Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolph II in late 16th-century Prague, Talmudic scholar Rabbi Judah Loew receives a vision of imminent danger and creates a giant warrior to protect the Jewish people. Sculpted of clay and animated by magic, the seemingly indestructible juggernaut performs great acts of heroism. However, when the rabbi’s assistant takes control of the Golem, the powerful protector runs rampant, abducting the rabbi’s daughter and setting fire to the ghetto.
Sheridan-based composer Mark Elliot Bergman composed a new score for this film, performed live with the movie. Composed for instruments used at the time to the film’s setting (strings and harpsichord), the score accentuates the film’s drama and brings the rich story to life in new and compelling ways.
1915 / Germany / 91 Minutes
DIRECTED BY: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
WRITTEN BY: Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen