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The Golem

Posted on 2007.04.08 at 11:19
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Fuzztones - Epitaph For A Head
Last night, Stefanie and I went to see The Golem, a silent feelm from Germany, made in 1920. It was shown with live musical accompaniment; it was really amazing! I enjoyed the whole thing of a silent film with music, but the movie itself was really interesting; it was not, as I had first thought, a Jewish movie per se, in that the people involved in making it and acting in it were Germans, not Jews, even though the subject matter and the setting is obviously Jewish. That in itself raises a whole lot of interesting questions.
I was watching for, and found, a lot of visual sources for one of my favorite movies, James Whale’s Frankenstein. Karloff based a lot of his performance on this!
Anyway, three cheers for German expressionist silent movies of the 1920s. Or at least this one.

Comments:


Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2007-04-08 15:46 (UTC) (Link)
This was one of the films I wished was presented in either my German film course or my avante-garde film course back in university. I'll to remember to search for it the next time I'm out to rent a film or two.

Speaking of silent films, two others I'd recommend - if you haven't already seen them - are "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc." I especially like the story of how the latter film went missing for decades and was suddenly recovered in a Czech mental institution.
Jonathan
theservant at 2007-04-08 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know that story, or the film! If you know anything about this stuff, I have some questions for you.
Dr. Caligari is an old favorite of mine, though.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2007-04-09 02:25 (UTC) (Link)
La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc/The Passion of Joan of Arc:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0019254/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_Joan_of_Arc

This 1928 film focuses on the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. I find it to be an intense film, but it might only appeal to those really into cinema. I think it's supposed to be mostly accurate in telling the story of that portion of Joan's life, but I'm not 100% certain.

What are your questions? I'll try to answer them.

niyabinghi
niyabinghi at 2007-04-08 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
I read about that on Netflix...think I'll go add it, thanks for the review :)
shullie
shullie at 2007-04-08 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
the background to the Gome film is very intersteing... I looked at it as part of my final year work as an undergraduate.

I will have too have a look for the stuff we used and see if I can send u some urls etc.

the film is also the base of walt disney's magician's apprentice as well as a quite a few others...

:)

Jonathan
theservant at 2007-04-08 23:19 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I think I can totally see how it fits into Fantasia, but I would never have thought of that on my own. Thanks!
miz_tuffet at 2007-04-09 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
well, there were German people who were Jewish, too, back then...

sounds like an interesting film!
Jonathan
theservant at 2007-04-09 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
right, but none of them were in this movie.

It was interesting!
(Anonymous) at 2007-04-14 20:25 (UTC) (Link)
being midwestern and thus only finding out there was such an idea as the golem in college, i'm terrified of them. it's the kind of thing that haunts my sleep. even though i understand they're supposed to do nice things for the most part..... somehow mud man scares the pants off me.
- melissa
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