The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam)
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Actor-director Paul Wegener made three films built around the mythical creature of Jewish legend: Golem was released in 1914, and a sequel of sorts, Der Golem und die Tänzerin, came out in 1917. This is the one film which has survived and is regarded among the landmarks of early German expressionism. In medieval Prague, Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck) observes the stars and concludes that trouble is brewing for his people. When the emperor issues a decree threatening the expulsion of Jews from the city, the rabbi, a master of magic, activates the Golem, a monstrous clay figure, to help save his… More

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"Of the four extant versions of this perennial horror classic, Paul Wegener's 1920 version remains the best."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Paul Wegener directs and stars in an enduring example of German Expressionist horror, based on an ancient Jewish myth."
‑ , Film4
"The Golem, carefully crafted and visually impressive work, has lost little of its power over the decades."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wes Craven could take some clues from Paul Wegener's concepts."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"This classic in horror is mainly enjoyed for its powerful visuals."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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