Silent Saturday: The Golem

1920 horror movie

Rating: 14/20

Plot: A rabbi uses sorcery to make a giant clay man in order to protect Jews from persecution.

With the gnarled architecture and angles of 20's expressionism and a "monster" that likely influenced 1930 monster movies, this is worth watching for silent cinema aficionados although there are a ridiculous amount of intertitles and large chunks that just drag.

Historically, it's interesting to see this movie with Jewish characters and themes made a decade and a half before the Holocaust. It puts the whole thing in an interesting context.

All in all, I can't recommend this to anybody who hasn't seen a lot of silent movies as it doesn't hold up as well as more notable silent sci-fi or horror films. It's still got a lot to like, however.

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