The Golem (1920)

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In order to save their community, a Rabbi uses mystical powers to create a protector of his people made of clay, but even mystical spells have their cost.

My Take on it – I grew up hearing about the taes of The Golem of Prague and never heard anything about it that would make me believe that it could also be a horror story.

This film from the early silent Era of Germany is able to show how that is actually possible.

This is a story with a great morality tale that shines through even though the story itself along with the effects seem quite primitive from the perspective of a Century of movie making.

The story shows how nothing in life is clearly good or bad and that even hen creating a mystical protector, one must use caution in order to keep evil far away.

This film fails to develop any of its character on anything more than a superficial level and that’s quite a shame because they have some nice potential here.

After having watched this film, there is no doubt in my mind that this movie was part of the inspiration for the Frankenstein monster since there are far too many similarities between the character here and the one there.

Even though this movie was made years before the Nazi’s came to power, it’s actually easy to see how parts of the film can be seen as being Anti-Semitic while other parts seem to completely ignore the ethnicity of the various characters.

Bottom Line – Great morality tale that works really well even though the effects and story are done in a primitive way (from our perspective).  The film shows how nothing in life is black and white and even when creating a protector, one must always make sure that evil stays far away.  None of the film’s characters are developed on anything more than a superficial way which is a shame because this story has so much more potential. The film does have anti-Semitic aspects to it, but overall they depict that various characters in a normal light.  There is no doubt in my mind that this film was truly helping in being the inspiration for the creature of Frankenstein and how he related to others and how they relate to him.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Paul Wegener had the idea of making a film about the Golem after hearing the original legend being told in Prague, where he spent some time filming The Student of Prague (1913). Unhappy with his 1915 attempt at telling the story, he decided to make another film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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