Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Golem: Jewish Folklore in German Cinema


This film is a classic "horror" film--it served as the inspiration and model for James Whale's Frankenstein (1931).  It is also a classic of early German cinema.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. I wouldn't want to bump into the Golem (above) in a dark alley!

Released in 1920, The Golem was an early example of German expressionism. Der Golem: Wie er in die Welt Kam (The Golem: How He Came into the World), which was directed by Carle Boese and Paul Wegener, who also portrayed the title role, is the quintessential version of the 16th century Jewish folktale...

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