Der Golem (1915)

60m, 1250 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German horror film directed by Henrik Galeen and Paul Wegener.

Plot Summary

A clay statue known as a golem is brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the city's brutal leaders. Four hundred years later it turns up in the ruins of a synagogue and is restored to life by an antique dealer. Bute when the golem falls in love with the man's wife and is spurned, it goes on the rampage.


* = uncredited

Directors: Henrik Galeen, Paul Wegener
Deutsche Bioscop GmbH
Producers: Paul Wegener, Hanns Lippmann *
Script: Henrik Galeen, Gustav Meyrink, Paul Wegener
Director of Photography: Guido Seeber
Art Director: Rochus Gliese
Locations: Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany; Pfingstberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Studio: Bioscop-Atelier, Neubabelsberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

Paul Wegener (Golem)
Rudolf Blümner (Gelehrter)
Robert A. Dietrich
Carl Ebert (Troedler)
Henrik Galeen (Graf)
Lyda Salmonova (Jessica)
Jakob Tiedtke

Alternative Titles

Golem – Polish title
El Golem – Spanish title
Le Golem – French title
The Golem – US title
The Monster of Fate – US title

Der Golem und die Tänzerin (1917)

Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920)
Le Golem (1936)

Extracts included in
Così dolce… così perversa (1969)
Myths, Mysteries and Mysticism: The Golem (1996)
Psalm III: Night of the Meek (2002)