The Golem


Classic story of a creature made of clay that comes to life and causes havok. Silent film starring Paul Wegener. Unrestored print, public domain.

Der Golem (, shown in the USA as The Monster of Fate) is a 1915 silent film horror film film written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen. It is inspired by Golem. It is a long lost film, though the Deutsche Kinemathek film archive possesses "108 meter fragments".<></> ( states, however, that a "print exists".<></>) It is the first of a trilogy by Wegener, followed by The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). David Brooks, writing as a columnist for Minnesota Daily, said the film "deals with the tragic issues in life."


In modern times, an antiques dealer (Henrik Galeen) finds a golem (Paul Wegener), a clay statue brought to life by a rabbi four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem as a servant, but the golem falls in love with the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem commits a series of murders.

See also

  • List of films made in the German Empire (1895-1918)
  • List of incomplete or partially lost films

Category:1915 films
Category:1910s horror films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1910s fantasy films
Category:Films of the German Empire
Category:Films directed by Paul Wegener
Category:Golem films
Category:German silent films
Category:Lost films
Category:German films
Category:German horror films

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