The Golem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1936

Production year

1935—1936

Premiere

14 February 1936

Runtime

101 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Golem

Czech title

Golem

English title

The Golem

Parallel title

Le Golem

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. The première took place in Paris in cinema Le Paris on Champs Elysées. Under the opening credits, watercolours of Prague by Jaroslav Šetelík are used.

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

Walter Schorsch

dvorní šašek

Jan Černý

hvězdář Keppler

F. X. Mlejnek

katův pacholek

František Jerhot

katův pacholek

Stanglová

Nevyklufová

Marcel Falio

Robert Ozanne

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

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

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich, Václav Vích

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka, Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Costumes

František Říha, K. Meisner

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Czech subtitles

Amalaine Diabová (2003), Anna Kareninová (dramaturgie titulků 2003), Filmprint (2003)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Kumok

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Josef Kumok)

Production info

Original Title

Golem

Czech Title

Golem

English Title

The Golem

Parallel Title

Le Golem

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1936

Production Year

1935—1936

Production specifications

start of filming 28 October 1935
end of filming 18 January 1936
date of censorship 02/1936

Premiere

premiere abroad 6 February 1936 (kino Le Paris, Paříž, Francie)
premiere 14 February 1936 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adria /2 týdny/ a Lucerna /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

101 min

Original length in metres

2 860 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech, French

Dialogue languages

French

Subtitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech