The Last Golem

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Poslední golem

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1968

Production year

1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Brdečka

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

rabbi Neftali Ben Chaim z Krakova

Lucie Novotná

dívka

Viktor Maurer

Jizochág

František Šeba

Jákob

Ladislav Gzela

malíř Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Ladislav Tajovský

Neftaliho dvojník-zlý duch

Bohumil Klika

Neftaliho dvojník-zlý duch

Milan Mach

strážce

Dubbing

Vladimír Brabec

hlas Neftaliho

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Tomáš Svoboda

Assistant Director

Miloslav Čech, Libuše Vaněčková

Screenstory

Jiří Brdečka

Screenplay

Jiří Brdečka

Shooting Script

Jiří Brdečka

Second Unit Photography

Antonín Holub

Camera Operator

Viktor Růžička

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Art Director

Hugo Demartini

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Blanka Rýdlová

Cooperation

Ivana Palacká, Jarmila Müllerová, Anna Mejtská, Jan Kňákal

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Production info

Original Title

Poslední golem

English Title

The Last Golem

Copyright

1968

Production Year

1968

Technical info

Versions

Czech