The Last Golem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Runtime

23 min

Category

povídka

Genre

fantastic, historical, short-story

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Poslední golem

Czech title

Poslední golem

English title

The Last Golem

Synopsis

When the rabbi Löw refuses to bring the golem back to life, the Emperor Rudolph II invites rabbi Neftali Ben Chaim from Krakow to Prague. For a hefty reward, the Krakow rabbi pledges to create a new golem. The wise rabbi Löw is intent on preventing this, and a way to do so is revealed to him by the lust he detects in Neftali's eyes. Under the light of a pine torch, Neftali fashions the clay sculpture. He is interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful mute girl who brings him food and indeed arouses the man's interest. With the aid of two evil demons that take on his appearance, Neftali summons the elements to the golem. Then he writes the magical inscription on the figure's forehead and the golem comes to life. The girl has returned and rabbi Löw, who observes the situation with his inner vision, suggests to Neftali that the girl wants the golem to bow. While the young rabbi caresses and kisses the girl, she wipes the inscription off the golem's forehead and the golem instantly disintegrates. The girl returns to rabbi Löw. Her creator draws aside her hair and wipes off an inscription. A disintegrating clay figure is all that remains of the beautiful woman.

Cast

Josef Bláha

rabbi Jehudi Löw

Martin Růžek

císař Rudolf II.

Jan Klusák

Dubbing Vladimír Brabec
rabbi Neftali Ben Chaim z Krakova

Lucie Novotná

Golem-dívka

Viktor Maurer

Jizochág, Löwiho pomocník

František Šeba

Jákob, Löwiho pomocník

Ladislav Gzela

malíř Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Ladislav Tajovský

Neftaliho dvojník-zlý duch

Bohumil Klika

Neftaliho dvojník-zlý duch

Milan Mach

strážce

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Assistant Director

Miloslav Čech

Script Supervisor

Libuše Vaněčková

Screenstory

Jiří Brdečka

Screenplay

Jiří Brdečka

Shooting Script

Jiří Brdečka

Director of Photography

Jan Kališ

Second Unit Photography

Antonín Holub

Camera Operator

Viktor Růžička

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Kňákal

Art Director

Hugo Demartini (socha golema)

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Mejtská, Jarmila Müllerová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Blanka Rýdlová

Cooperation

Ivana Palacká (klapka), Miloslav Mirvald (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO, Kühnův smíšený sbor

Production info

Original Title

Poslední golem

Czech Title

Poslední golem

English Title

The Last Golem

Category

povídka

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

fantastic, historical, short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

23 min

Original length in metres

652 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech