The Golem

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Golem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1936

Production year

1936

Premiere

14.02.1936

Language version

French

Director

Julien Duvivier

Screenplay

André-Paul Antoine, Julien Duvivier, Josef Kodíček

Synopsis

The Jewish savant Rabbi Löw once created a giant man of clay, golem, and gave it life. After Rabbi Löw's death the golem became for the oppressed Jews a symbol of protection against pogroms. At the court of Emperor Rudolf II, chamberlain Lang tries through intrigues to control the Emperor and obtain power. To do this he needs the golem, and therefore his people make their way into the Jewish Ghetto to look for it. They do not hesitate to use force and they also imprison a number of Jews including Rabbi Jakub. The Emperor's lover, Countess Stradová, wants to obstruct Lang's plans. Thus she attempts to reach the imprisoned Rabbi Jakub, who is the only one who knows where the golem is to be found. Before she succeeds, Lang finds the golem and revivifies it. But it is he who is the one punished by the golem for his violence to a defenceless people. After the prisoners are freed Rabbi Jakub makes a secret sign and the golem disappears.

Note

The French filmography of Julien Duvivier took as his theme the novel by Gustav Meyrink only. The film was shot only in a French version. A co-produced film, whose main capital share was ensured by the Czech producer. Set designer André Andrejev was assisted by Jan Zázvorka and Karel Škvor. The première took place in Paris in cinema Le Paris on Champs Elysées.

Cast

Harry Baur

císař Rudolf II.

Roger Karl

komoří Lang

Charles Dorat

rabín Jakub

Germaine Aussey

komtesa Kateřina Stradová

Jany Holt

rabínova žena Rachel

Tania Doll

madame Benoitová, společnice Stradové

Gaston Jacquet

šéf policie Bedřich

Raymond Aimos

Toussaint

Karel Schleichert

alchymista

Walter Schorsch

dvorní šašek

Jan Černý

hvězdář Keppler

Alfred Baštýř

kardinál

F. X. Mlejnek

katův pacholek

František Jerhot

katův pacholek

Marcel Falio

Robert Ozanne

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

Gustav Meyrink (Der Golem – román), Jiří Voskovec (Golem – divadelní hra), Jan Werich (Golem – divadelní hra)

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka, Karel Škvor

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Kumok

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Production info

Original Title

Golem

English Title

The Golem

Parallel Title

Le Golem

Copyright

1936

Production Year

1936

Premiere

14.02.1936

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Versions

French

Subtitles

Czech