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The Golem
Directed by Paul Wegener
Henrik Galeen
Produced by Hanns Lippmann
Written by Paul Wegener
Henrik Galeen
Starring Paul Wegener
Rudolf Blümner
Carl Ebert
Henrik Galeen
Lyda Salmonova
Release date(s) January 15, 1915
Running time 60 min.
Country German Empire Germany
Language Silent film
German intertitles

Der Golem (German: Der Golem, shown in the USA as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 silent horror film written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. The film is an original work inspired by ancient Jewish legend. It is a long lost film (save for a few fragments). It is the first of three Golem films by Wegener, the others being The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920).

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Plot

In the modern times, an antique dealer (Henrik Galeen) finds a golem (Paul Wegener), a clay statue brought to life by a Rabbi four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem to use him as a servant, but the golem falls in love with the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem turns to a series of murders.

The surviving parts of the film can be viewed at the following youtube address: dQ6uX8P240s

In Popular Culture

In the 2006 "Treehouse of Horror XVII" episode of The Simpsons, Bart finds The Golem of Prague whose appearance is exactly the same as the golem portrayed in this film.

The musical score from Der Golem was covered by Fantômas on their 2001 album, The Director's Cut.

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