Der Golem from Eureka
Eureka Video have announced the UK DVD release of the 1920 version of Der Golem for 22nd September 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. Fully restored and digitally remastered by Eureka Video Der Golem is said to be one of the most important contributions to German Expressionist cinema and the perfect introduction to this classic era of film-making to the uninitiated.
The DVD release offers the following features...
- 4:3 Full Screen/Tinted
- DD2.0 Mono (Silent - Musical Score)
- Documentary essay by film historian R Dixon Smith
- Photo Gallery
- Dual Language (English/German intertitles)
From the PR.
One of the most important contributions to German Expressionist cinema, the 1920 version of Der Golem is a must-see for lovers of Weimar Cinema as well as the perfect introduction to this classic era of film-making to the uninitiated.
Fully restored and digitally remastered by Eureka Video, Der Golem is set for retail DVD release on 22 September 2003, and features the extras of a documentary essay by film historian R Dixon Smith, photo gallery, dual language (English/German intertitles) and scene selection. Based on a legend in Jewish mysticism, and the third film by actor and director Paul Wegener to feature the Golem, this is undoubtedly the most accomplished and its influence can be seen in many later films, but in particular James Whale's Frankenstein.
In the Jewish ghetto in 16th Century Prague, the community leader and astrologer Rabbi Low (Albert Steinruck) foresees doom for his people written in the stars. A short time later the Emperor Luhois (Otto Gebuhr) issues an expulsion order to the people of the ghetto and they are to leave the city. In an attempt to save his people, Low creates a forbidding clay golem (Paul Wegener) that he brings to life with the assistance of a demon spirit and an amulet placed in the centre of the creatures chest. Subsequently the Golem saves the Emperor's life and the order is rescinded.
Initially the Golem does nothing but good, but changes after Low's assistant Famulus (Ernst Deutsch) uses the creature to ward off Count Florian (Lothar Muthel), who is competing with him for the affections of the Rabbi's daughter Miriam (Lyda Salmonova). Famulus tries to remove the amulet and to return the Golem to rest, but fails as the enraged creature embarks on a trail of destruction, burning Low's house and making off with Miriam; the whole community is threatened.