A precursor of the Frankenstein monster, the Golem was a clay man called forth to protect Jews from persecution. The 1920 version of the legend is the third and best-known of a trio of German films in which Paul Wegener portrayed the Golem. Wegener participated in the direction of all
three versions as well.
One of the ghetto's most venerable and respected figures is Rabbi Loew (Albert Steinruck), a man renowned for his magical powers. When his astrological readings tell that the Jewish community is in danger, the rabbi begins to sculpt a golem. The stars prove to have been prescient when the emperor
(Otto Gebuhr) issues an edict ordering all Jews to evacuate t...