DER GOLEM silent film with live music accompaniment by Poison Ring
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Monday, November 10
1920 / Germany / 106 minutes / Format: 16mm
Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener Cast: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück Print Source: AMPA Library
From the cabinet of German Expressionism’s most vaunted arises Der Golem: wie er in die Welt cam (The Golem: How He Came into the World). Historically set in the Jewish ghetto of medieval Prague, the film recounts the legend of Rabbi Loew, creating a monster out of clay to protect his people from persecution. But as the golem grows more willful, the rabbi must quickly devise a way to undo his creation. The brilliant cinematography of Karl Freund (Metropolis), paired with the stylized set designs of Hans Poelzig, captures the eerie narrative and rich symbolism of this tale with innovative lighting and special effects, rendering this a hallmark of early horror cinema. Employing the hiss and crackle of archaic media, alongside the deliberate use of aromatics and symbolic expression, tape-loop artist and public ritualist Poison Ring will accompany this rare screening with an original live score.