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The Golem (Blu-ray)

Directed by : Paul Wegener
Available Date : 04/14/2020
Release Year : 1920
Running Time : 86
UPC : 738329246204
Country : Germany
Language: German, English intertitles
Subject : Literature, Jewish Cinema & Culture, Film and Media Studies - German Cinema, Film and Media Studies - Classic Cinema
Genre : German, Silent, Horror
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Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of 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 Rudolf II in 16th-century Prague, a Talmudic rabbi (Albert Steinruck) creates a giant warrior (Paul Wegener) to protect the safety of his people. Sculpted of clay and animated by the mysterious secrets of the Kabbalah, the Golem is a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism, yet equally capable of dreadful violence. When the rabbi's assistant (Ernst Deutsch) takes control of the Golem and attempts to use him for selfish gain, the lumbering monster runs rampant, abducting the rabbi's daughter (Lyda Salmonova) and setting fire to the ghetto.

With its remarkable creation sequence (a dazzling blend of religion, sorcery and special effects) and the grand-scale destruction of its climax, The Golem was one of the greatest achievements of the legendary UFA Studios, and remains an undeniable landmark in the evolution of the horror film.

*This Kino on Video edition of The Golem was restored by the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna at the laboratories of L'Immagine Ritovata. It was co-financed by the Lumi&egravere Project and utilizes materials from the Museum of Modern Art, the Filmmuseum of Munich, Gosfilmofund of Moscow and the Cineteca Italiana of Milan.

Product Extras :

4K restoration of German release version

music by Stephen Horne

music by Admir Shkurtai

music by Lukasz “Wudec” Poleszak

audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas

comparison of German and U.S. release versions

U.S. release version, with music by Cordula Heth

Publish Date : 2020-03-17
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The Golem

  • Paul Wegener - Director
  • Paul Wegener - Actor
  • Albert Steinruck - Actor
  • Lyda Salmonova - Actor
  • Ernst Deutsch - Actor

The Golem

  • Carl Boese - Director
  • Paul Wegener - Director
  • Henrik Galeen - Writer
  • Lyda Salmonova - Actor
  • Albert Steinruck - Actor
  • Paul Wegener - Actor
  • Greta Schroeder - Actor
  • Karl Freund - Cinematographer
  • Hanz Poelzig - Art Director
  • Alijoscha Zimmermann - Composer

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