The Golem (or The Golem: How He Came into the World)

Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam

Drawing inspiration from one of the oldest myths found in the Jewish folklore, the film by Paul Wegener and Carl Boese takes place in 16th-century Prague, where a rabbi creates the Golem, a gigantic anthropomorphic creature made of clay, assigned with the mission to protect the Jewish population from the imminent threat of persecution. One of the first glorious works bearing the signature of the legendary UFA studios, The Golem stood out both as a luminous harbinger and a dark omen. On one hand, it paved the way for the gems of the German silent cinema that were to come. On the other hand, it signaled a warning sign for the dangers of antisemitism, two decades before humanity was immersed in total gloom.

The film will be screened with the accompaniment of a live original score by Veslemes.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
Script: Paul Wegener
Cinematography: Karl Freund
Actors: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Otto Gebühr
Production: Projektions-AG Union (PAGU)
Production Design: Hans Poelzig
Format: DVD
Color: B/W
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 1920
Duration: 76'

Paul Wegener


1914 The Golem (fiction, co-direction)
1916 Rübezahl’s Wedding (fiction, co-direction)
1917 The Golem and the Dancing Girl (fiction, co-direction)
1918 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (fiction)
1920 The Golem or The Golem: How He Came into the World (fiction, co-direction)
1925 Living Buddhas (fiction)

Carl Boese


1920 The Golem or The Golem: How He Came into the World (fiction, co-direction)
1928 Eva in Silk (fiction)
1930 Rendez-vous (fiction)
1932 No Money Needed (fiction)
1941 The Brambilla Family Go on Holiday (fiction)
1955 The Spanish Fly (fiction)