The Golem (1920)
October 8, 2014 9:27 AM - Subscribe

In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

MeFi Horror Club's (moderately late) first bonus pick for October is a silent feature by Paul Wegener.

See the entire film for free here on YouTube.

Bride of Frankenstein is Friday!
posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My local library is showing this with live musical accompaniment in their Silent Film Series, so I'll be watching it in a few weeks. I'm really excited.

Come to think, any mefites in the Albany area interested in making a meetup out of it?
posted by gauche at 12:29 PM on October 8, 2014

Wow, I saw this in college and remember bein surprised and impressed.

Surprised, because I didn't think a film of its age, before sound, could keep me entertained. Even though I've always enjoyed classic old films, the quality of the dialogue and characterization (as opposed to action and big exploding things) were a big part of what drew me to them.

Which is why I was also impressed that the technological limitations didn't hamper the story-telling aspect of The Golem in the least, and maybe even added to its appeal.
posted by misha at 1:40 PM on October 8, 2014

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