Film - Feature | January 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This visually astounding retelling of the Golem myth was inventively brought to life through the collaboration of codirector/actor Paul Wegener, set designer Hans Poelzig, and gifted cinematographer Karl Freund (The Last Laugh; Metropolis), whose work here is some of his best. In medieval Prague, a rabbi creates a monster to protect his people from destruction, but the monster, of course, soon answers only to his own call. A precursor of James Whales 1931 Frankenstein, whose visuals owe much to Freunds, The Golem is a landmark of German Expressionism and early horror.
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