German Horror Classics

German Horror Classics


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German Horror Classics

Actor-director Paul Wegener made three films built around the mythical creature of Jewish legend: Golem was released in 1914, and a sequel of sorts, Der Golem und die Tänzerin, came out in 1917. This is the one film which has survived and is regarded among the landmarks of early German expressionism. In medieval Prague, Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck) observes the stars and concludes that trouble is brewing for his people. When the emperor issues a decree threatening the expulsion of Jews from the city, the rabbi, a master of magic, activates the Golem, a monstrous clay figure, to help save his congregation. The rabbi's daughter, Miriam (Lyda Salmonova, who also played this role in the 1914 film) is courted by two men, Famulus (Ernst Deutsch), the rabbi's assistant, and Knight Florian (Lathar Menthel), a messenger for the emperor. Famulus re-activates the Golem to vanquish his rival, and the monster goes berserk. Stylized sets and moody cinematography elevated Der Golem above the standard features of its time, its central figure has been the focus of a number of films produced in various countries, and the name has become a generic descriptor for any lumbering creature which can't be easily controlled.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
UPC: 0738329025724
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Time: 5:37:00
Sales rank: 59,351

Special Features

Cabinetof Dr. Caligari; ; Two musical scores; Photo/Art Gallery; 43-minute excerpt of Robert Wiene's Genuine: The Tale of a Vampire (1920); Wiene behind the scenes of I.N.R.I (1923); ; Nosferatu; ; Two musical scores; Photo/art gallery; Excerpts from six films by F.W. Murnau including Phantom and the Haunted Castle; Scene comparison: Novel, script and film; ; Golem; ; Photo/art gallery ; Excerpt of the 1936 french film Le Golem; Creation: A Comparison of scenes; ; Waxworks; ; Paul Leni's 1926 short Rebus Film 1; Excerpt of the Thief of Bagdad

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max Schreck Graf Orlok, Nosferatu
Olga Belajeff Actor
Werner Krauss Dr. Caligari,Actor
Alexander Granach Knock
Conrad Veidt Cesare
Ernst Deutsch Famulus
William Dieterle Actor
Fritz Feld Jester
Gustav von Wangenheim Hutter, His Employee
John Gottowt Actor
Lil Dagover Jane
Emil Jannings Actor
Friedrich Feher Francis
Greta Schroeder Ellen Hutter
Otto Gebuhr Actor
G.H. Schnell Harding, Shipowner
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Alan
Lathar Menthel Knight Florian
Lyda Salmonova Rabbi's Daughter

Technical Credits
F.W. Murnau Director
Karl Boese Director
Paul Leni Director
Robert Wiene Director
Paul Wegener Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1. Prologue
2. Fair in Holstenwall
3. Cesare's Prophecy
4. Alan's Murder
5. Distress
6. Suspect Apprehended
7. Confronting the Hypnotist
8. Jane's Inquiry
9. Night Visitor
10. The Thing in the Box
11. A Dream Fulfilled
12. Familiar Faces
Side #2 -- Nosferatu
1. Opening Titles [5:08]
2. An Unholy Assignment [3:59]
3. An Eager Traveler [11:38]
4. Approaching Castle Orlock [3:42]
5. Repast With the Count [6:13]
6. Unfinished Business [6:42]
7. Hutter Bears Witness [4:18]
8. Evil Eucroacheth [3:06]
9. A Man of Science [4:14]
10. A Wife's Hope [6:11]
11. The Death Ship [5:23]
12. "The Master Is Near!" [8:29]
13. Fate of the Empusa [4:28]
14. The Coming Plague [1:20]
15. Ellen Undaunted [6:18]
16. The Scapegoat [3:22]
17. Invitation to a Vampire [8:44]
Side #3 -- Golem
1. Rabbi Löw [7:55]
2. The Opressor's Hand [12:41]
3. The Sorceror's Apprentice [9:44]
4. Creation [7:31]
5. A Strange Servant [9:51]
6. The Rabbi's Lesson [6:54]
7. Savior of Clay [11:51]
8. A New Master [3:59]
9. Fury Unleashed [9:21]
10. Innocence [5:15]
Side #4 -- Waxworks
2. An Arabian Fantasy [6:49]
3. The Lovers Quarrel [7:04]
4. The Caliph's Night Out [4:34]
5. Thief of Bagdad [7:34]
6. The Great Chase [6:16]
7. A Wish Come True [8:39]
8. Monster on a Throne [4:43]
9. Father of the Bride [8:25]
10. Her Wedding Night [13:41]
11. Cruel Sand of Fate [4:39]
12. Jack the Ripper [5:49]

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