(Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
October 29, 1920
Directed by Paul Wegener & Carl Boese
Written by Wegener & Henrik Galeen
The Golem is like a village elder among cinema: It's age is apparent, dissuading even, but what it has to offer is invaluable.
To be entirely truthful I found The Golem to be a slough to tread through yet your patience will be rewarded with some early movie magic moments that impressed me despite being 90 years old. The sequence where Rabbi Loew summons the demon Astaroth in order to bring life to the clay humanoid is such a highlight and evidence for it's fitting into this genre. The Golem is intended to be a servant, capable of working on the Sabbath when the righteous Jews cannot, but Wegener's early production shows that meddling in such powers can quickly slip out of your control. This film is an example of what early practitioners could control as well as what areas the medium would benefit from adapting. For that it's invaluable to the art form, not just the horror genre.
"The hour is almost upon us. The alignment of the stars now favors the invocation of the spell."
- Rabbi Loew
CONTENT: some violence and some sensuality