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Der Golem – Wie er in die Welt kam (The Golem – How He Came Into The World)

Venice Classics

Director:
Paul Wegener
Production:
Projektions-AG Union (PAGU) Berlin
Running Time:
76’
Language:
silent film
Country:
Germany
Year:
1920
Main Cast:
Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Otto Gebühr
Screenplay:
Paul Wegener
Cinematographer:
Karl Freund
Production Designer:
Hans Poelzig
Costume Designer:
Rochus Gliese
Restoration:
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Cinematek)
Notes:
original music by Admir Shkurtaj, commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia and performed live by Mesimér Ensemble

Synopsis

Set in ancient Prague of the 16th century, the Jewish tale of the clay-made creature brought to life by a rabbi’s occult ritual. Foreseeing the upcoming expulsion of the Jews from the city, Rabbi Loew creates and awakes the mythical Golem in order to protect his people. Through a turn of events the Golem saves the emperor’s life, convincing him to lift the ban. But due to a jealous servant and his selfish plans the Golem runs out of control and turns against his creator...
Director Paul Wegener, who also performs the Golem, already adapted the story twice before but only his third attempt, driven by great artistic ambition, earned him broader appreciation.

Director’s Statement

It’s not Prague, what my friend the architect Poelzig has assembled. Instead, it is a poem and a dream of a city, an architectural paraphrase of the Golem theme. These streets and places are not supposed to be reminders of reality; there are supposed to create an atmosphere in which the Golem breathes.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Murnaustraße 6
65189, Wiesbaden – Germany
Tel. +49 (0)611 9770835
info@murnau-stiftung.de
http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/

PRODUCTION 2: Cinematek - Royal Film Archive of Belgium
9 rue Baron Horta
1000, Bruxelles – Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 5511900
info@cinematek.be
http://www.cinematek.be/

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Projektions-AG »Union« (PAGU)

WORLD SALES: Fabio Quade - Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Murnaustraße 6
65189, Wiesbaden – Germany
Tel. +49 (0)611 9770835
sales@murnau-stiftung.de
http://www.murnau-stiftung.de/
Facebook: : https://de-de.facebook.com/murnaustiftung/

PRESS OFFICE: Ernst Szebedits
Murnaustraße 6
65189, Wiesbaden – Germany
presse@murnau-stiftung.de


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