The Golem ( German: Der Golem , 1915 ) is a feature film by Henrik Galeen and Paul Wegener of 1915, created based on the Hebrew legend of the Golem , an animated clay figure. The film premiered in Germany on January 15, 1915 . The film gave rise to a long tradition of versions and remakes, the most famous of which is the movie Golem by Julien Duvivier (Le Golem, 1936 ). The film was not preserved (according to other sources, it was preserved  ).
|Producer||Henrik Galeen |
|In the main|
|Paul Wegener |
|Film company||Deutsche Bioscop GmbH|
|A country||German Empire|
The action takes place in Prague at the beginning of the 20th century. Workers digging a well near the ruins of the synagogue find an ancient clay statue and bring it to an antiquarian ( Henrik Galeen ), who manages to revive the idol with the help of spells from an ancient book. The golem ( Paul Wegener ) becomes the servant of the antiquary and carries out his instructions. Then he meets the daughter of an antique dealer ( Lida Salmonova ) and falls in love with her. But the girl is afraid of him. This enrages the Golem and gets out of control. In the final, he manages to deprive the amulet that supported his life, and the Golem breaks into pieces, falling from the tower onto the pavement.
- The film was written by Henrik Galeen and Paul Wegener . With the Meyrinka novel, the film is associated only with the original legend, although perhaps this particular novel inspired the creators of the film. The scenery for the film was created by Focus Glies.
- Paul Wegener , who played the Golem, created one of his most impressive screen images, which he got used to so much that he later returned to him twice in the films “Golem and the Dancer” (Der Golem und die Tänzerin, 1917 ) and “Golem: How He Came to the world ” (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, 1920 ) - the last, retelling the legend about the creation and the first riot of the Golem, is considered the most successful of the film incarnations of this plot.
- Largely due to the role of the Golem by Paul Wegener , the image of the clay-animated man became quite recognizable and often used in science fiction and film, although he was largely supplanted by a similar in meaning image of the Beast created by Frankenstein.
- The film is considered lost. There is a video on YouTube with frames from the movie that have survived to this day. From 60 minutes less than four (minutes) remain.