Der Golem

Der Golem (PG)

Germany, 1920, Dir. Carl Boese and Paul Wegener

Festival of the Future City/
Wed 23 October 2019

Der Golem (PG)

Germany, 1920, Dir. Carl Boese and Paul Wegener

Der Golem
Wed 23 October 2019,

Director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener made three films based on the ancient Jewish myth of the Golem. This is his final 1920 version and his magnum opus, capped by Karl Freund’s exhilarating lighting and cinematography and expressionistic designs of architect Hans Poelzig.

Threatened with expulsion, the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague seek help from the Golem, a clay monster brought to life through ancient, mystical powers to protect them. With its foreshadowing of Jewish persecution to come, Der Golem is a poignant piece of film-making that emerged as one of the great masterpieces of silent cinema.

Live musical performance by HarmonieBand. With a brand-new restored version of the film from the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. With thanks to the BFI.

HarmonieBand has appeared at many UK film festivals and art centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe, including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète.

This film is part of Festival of the Future City – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol celebrating and debating the future of cities with talks, walks, debates, arts projects and new books. The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme. See the rest of the Festival of the Future City film programme here.

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Further details of the 2019 Festival of the Future City programme are here.

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