German intertitles DirectorPaul Wegener
Henrik Galeen WriterPaul Wegener, Henrik Galeen Release date15 January 1915 (1915-01-15) DirectorsPaul Wegener, Henrik Galeen ScreenplayPaul Wegener, Gustav Meyrink, Henrik Galeen CastPaul Wegener (Golem), Rudolf Blümner (Gelehrter), Carl Ebert (Troedler), Henrik Galeen (Graf), Lyda Salmonova, Robert A. Dietrich Similar moviesGodzilla, Cloverfield, The Mist, The Treasures of Satan, The Werewolf, Bluebeard
The golem 1915
Der Golem (German: Der Golem, shown in the USA, as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 German silent horror partially lost film, written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. It is inspired by ancient Jewish legend. It is the first of a trilogy by Wegener, followed by The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). David Brooks, writing as a columnist for Minnesota Daily, said the film "deals with the tragic issues in life."
In modern times, an antiques dealer (Henrik Galeen) finds a golem (Paul Wegener), a clay statue, brought to life, by a Kabbalist rabbi, using a magical amulet, four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem, as a servant, but the golem falls in love with Jessica (Lyda Salmonova), the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem commits a series of murders.
Paul Wegener as Golem
Rudolf Blümner as Gelehrter
Carl Ebert as Troedler
Henrik Galeen as Troedler, the antiques dealer
Lyda Salmonova as Jessica
Robert A. Dietrich
The Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses "108 meter fragments". While many sources consider it a lost film, silentera.com states that a "print exists", and Professor Elizabeth Baer notes in her book The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction that Donald Glut claimed in The Frankenstein Legend that "European film collector" Paul Sauerlaender tracked down "a complete print" in 1958; Baer is careful, however, to point out that "Glut provides no source for this information."