The Golem: How He Came into the World

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The Golem: How He Came into the World (German: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, also referred to as Der Golem) is a 1920[lower-alpha 1] German silent horror film and a leading example of early German Expressionism. Director Paul Wegener, who co-directed the film with Carl Boese and co-wrote the script with Henrik Galeen based on Gustav Meyrink's 1915 novel,[1] stars as the titular creature, a being in Jewish folklore created from clay. Photographer Karl Freund went on to work on the 1930s classic Universal horror films years later in Hollywood.[1]

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The Golem: How He Came into the World
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
Based onThe Golem
by Gustav Meyrink[1]
Produced byPaul Davidson
Distributed by
Release date
  • 29 October 1920 (1920-10-29)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryWeimar Republic
LanguageSilent film with German intertitles

The Golem: How He Came into the World is the third of three films that Wegener made featuring the golem, the other two being The Golem (1915) and the short comedy The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917), in which Wegener dons the golem make-up in order to frighten a young lady with whom he is infatuated. The Golem: How He Came into the World is a prequel to The Golem from 1915 and, as the only one of the three films that has not been lost, is the best known of the series.[3][4]

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