Der Golem (4K Restoration) – In Cinemas Now

A new 4K restoration of Paul Wegener’s 1920 classic of German Cinema, DER GOLEM, which premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, will be screening at festivals and selected cinemas in the run up to a forthcoming Blu-ray release as part of the  Masters of Cinema Series later in the year. Supervised by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and Cinematek, the film has been restored in 4K by L’Immagine ritrovata from the film’s original negative that was thought to have been lost.

Set in the Jewish ghetto of medieval Prague, the film opens with the Jewish community being threatened with removal from the city. Responding to this crisis, Rabbi Loew, the head of the city’s Jewish community, begins to construct a monstrous figure out of clay – the mythical golem of the title. Calling upon ancient, mystical powers, the Rabbi brings this creature to life, hoping to protect his people.

With its foreshadowing of the Jewish persecution that was to come in Europe, DER GOLEM is a powerful and poignant piece of film-making – capped by inventive special effects, and exhilarating lighting and cinematography from the film’s photographer Karl Freund. Wegener himself stars as the titular creature, and he cuts an imposing and impressive figure in his tactile, clay like costume and make-up – an extraordinary bit of physical special effects.The film is also one of the earliest examples of the horror movie, and a clear precursor to the classic monster movies produced by Universal in the 1930s – Freund went on to work in Hollywood on classic horrors such as DRACULA (1931) and THE MUMMY (1932).


Der Golem has previously screened at the following cinemas and festivals:

Penarth; Snowcat Cinema; 26 October 2019 (1 Day)

Aberdeen; The Belmont Filmhouse; 30 October 2019 (1 Day)

St. Leonards-on-sea; Kino-Teatr; 30 October 2019 (1 Day)

Edinburgh; Filmhouse (feat. a LIVE score); 31 October 2019 (1 Day)

Inverness; Eden Court; 31 October 2019 (1 Day)

Aberystwyth; Aberystwyth Arts Centre; 31 October 2019 (1 Day)

Bo’ness; The Hippodrome (feat. a LIVE score by Stephen Horne); 2 November 2019 (1 Day)

Oxford; Ultimate Picture Palace; 3 & 4 November 2019 (2 Days)

Holmfirth; Holmfirth Film Festival; 9 November 2019 (1 Day)

Cork; Triskel Arts Centre (64th Cork Film Festival); 13 & 14 November 2019 (2 Days)

Portsmouth; No. 6 Cinema; 28 November 2019 (1 Day)

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