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The  Legend  of  The  Golem

Golem mannikin from the 1920 German movie            short history

literary works

movies & TV

stageplays, other media


image gallery


           poster for 1920 German silent movie 'Der Golem'

Before Frankenstein there was The Golem!

The story of The Golem has many variations, but the basic tale has a Jewish rabbi/rebbe bring life to a clay figure to protect the Jewish community from pogroms of some sort or of general discrimination. The Golem is unable to speak, though it understands whatever language is spoken to it. The Golem is controlled by placing a word written on paper or other material in The Golem's mouth or forehead, and deactivated by removing that writing.

All goes well as long as the rabbi remembers to shut down The Golem on Friday to keep the Sabbath/Shabbas. But one time the rabbi forgets, and The Golem goes on a rampage.
The second major variation is that The Golem falls in love with the rabbi's daughter, and when he communicates that to her she rejects him – and then he goes on a rampage.

History  of  The  Legend
First mentioned in the Book of Psalms in the Hebrew Bible, the word 'golem' is not used. The earliest tales in literature of an artificial man include the Legend of The Golem, recorded in the Jewish Talmud circa 200 C.E. The creation of The Golem from clay or mud is described in many ways, including by magic spell. The earliest known written tales of The Golem date to circa 1200 C.E.; oral versions of the legend existed in Poland and Prague circa 1580, in Germany circa 1625, and in Lithuania 1750-1820.

After the year 1900, the oral traditions of The Golem were reproduced or expanded in various media. Such modern literary works include: "Wonders of The Maharal: The Golem of Prague (Niflaos Maharal: Ha Golem al Prague)" [Warsaw, 1909] by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg [1859-1935]; "The Golem" [1914 novel] by Gustav Meyrink; "The Golem" stageplay by H. Leivick [Yiddish version 1921, Broadway stageplay 1948]; "El Golem" poem [1964] by Jorge Luis Borges; "The Golem" [1969 novel] by Isaac Bashevis Singer; "Golem XIV" [1981 novel] by Stanislaw Lem; and "The Golem" children's book [1983] written by Elie Wiesel.
More recent variants include 'Dungeons & Dragons', many video games, and several comic book series and graphic novels.

Works about The Golem on film & television include: Paul Wegener's silent film trilogy - "The Golem" [1915 lost film], "The Golem and The Dancing Girl" sequel comedy [1917 lost film], and "The Golem: How He Came Into The World" horror prequel [Germany 1920]; "Le Golem" [1936] a French/Czechoslovakian film directed by Julien Duvivier; the horror film "It!" [1967] directed by Herbert J. Leder; the Golem trilogy written & directed by Amos Gitai, 1991-93; and "The Limehouse Golem" [2017] — along with many others for film & television.

'Golem' entry at Wikipedia

Literary  Works
search books on keyword 'golem' {returns 1,800 items} at Amazon

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"Niflaos Maharal: Ha Golem Al Prague (Wonders of The Maharal: The Golem of Prague" [Warsaw, 1909]
Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg [1859-1935] originated the idea that the golem narrative dates from the time of the Maharal; this collection of stories is framed as an eyewitness
account of the Maharal's son-in law, based on a manuscript at the library in Metz; the book is considered to be a modern hoax, albeit a work of important influence.

Golem and The Maharal of Prague book translated by Curt Leviant  "The Golem and The Wondrous Deeds of The Maharal of Prague" [2007]
by Yudl Rosenberg, Translated by Prof. Curt Leviant

Kindle Edition from Yale Univ Press [2007 edition] for $9.99
Yale Univ Press 7¼x5¾ pb [8/2008] for $22.50
Yale Univ Press 7¼x5¾ hardcover [5/2007] out of print/used
Maharal / Mystical Philosophy book by Ben Zion Bokser  "The Maharal: The Mystical Philosophy of Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague" [1977]
by Ben Zion Bokser

Jason Aronson, Inc./Rowman & Littlefield 8¾x6 hardcover [7/77] out of print/used
Maharal of Prague / Rabbi Yehudah Loew biography by Yaacov Dovid Shulman  "The Maharal of Prague: The Story of Rabbi Yehudah Loew" [1992]
by Yaacov Dovid Shulman

C.I.S. 9x6¼ pb [1992] out of print/used
C.I.S. 9x6 hardcover [1992] out of print/used

"The Golem" [1914 novel] by Gustav Meyrink [1868-1932]
Der Golem novel by Gustav Meyrink 1970 cover  The Golem novel by Gustav Meyrink, translated by Mike Mitchell  Serialized in Germany 1913-14, published as a book in 1915; shaped by many fantastical elements, the story of a jeweler in the Jewish ghetto of Prague as he interacts with neighbors, the police, and the (origin unexplained) Golem figure.
book entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Dedalus Ltd. [10/2012$9.59>
Dover Publns 8½x5½ pb [12/85] for $9.33
Dedalus Ltd. 8x5 pb [6/2000] out of print/used
Folio Society 9x6½ hardcover [2010] out of print/used
Tartarus Press 9x6 hardcover [2004] out of print/used
Der Golem und Andere Werke von Gustav Meyrink in Kindle format  "Der Golem und Andere Werke von Gustav Meyrink" for Kindle [2016]
German-language Kindle Edition from Ideenbrücke Verlag [3/2016] for 99¢
editions in other languages
Italian-language Kindle Edition from Ascoltalibri Edizioni [12/2014] for $4.99
French-language Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [7/2017] for 99¢
Spanish-language Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for 99¢
Ediciones Brontes SL Spanish-language pb [2013] out of print/used
available as free online German-language etext at Internet Archive

The Prague Golem book by Chajim Bloch  "The Prague Golem: Jewish Stories of The Ghetto" [1920]
by Chajim Bloch [1881-1973]

Vitalis 8¼x5½ pb [2007] out of print/used
Rudolf Steiner Publns mass pb [1972] out of print/scarce
author entry at Wikipedia Germany

"The Golem: A Dramatic Poem In Eight Scenes" [1921] by H. Leivick

"El Golem" poem [1964] by Jorge Luis Borges

'The Golem' novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer  "The Golem" children's book [Yiddish 1969, English 1981]
by Isaac Bashevis Singer [1902-91], Illustrated by Uri Schulevitz

First published in The Jewish Daily Forward in Yiddish; rewritten and translated into English in 1981.
FS&G BFYR 8½x6¼ pb [10/96] out of print/used
FS&G BFYR 8½x6¼ pb [10/96] out of print/used
Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover [1983] out of print/many used
Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover [1983] out of print/many used
Rogue Golem science fiction novel by Ernest M. Kenyon  
"Rogue Golem" [1977] a science fiction novel by Ernest M. Kenyon [1920-80]
"The revolt of the androids. A shock-filled chronicle of the New Order on Earth."
Popular Library mass pb [1977] out of print/used

"Golem XIV" [1981 novel] by Stanislaw Lem

The Golem children's book by Elie Wiesel  "The Golem" children's book [1983]
As told by Elie Wiesel [1928-2016], Illustrated by Mark Podwal

Summit Books 8½x6½ hardcover [9/83] out of print/many used

Carland Cross / The Golem comic book by Olivier Grenson & Michel Oleffe  "Carland Cross: The Golem" comic book [1990]
by writer Olivier Grenson & illustrator Michel Oleffe

London. Mid-1930s. In a city engulfed in fog, crime is everywhere. And with it, terror and horror. Carland Cross is launched on the trail of a mysterious assassin, pointing out one by one the strangest clues. Could the Golem, the terrible living statue, be in London, with his cursed procession of corpses recalled to life?
Soleil Prodns 11¾x9 comic book [4/2002] import scarce
Gallimard Editions 11½x8¾ comic book [1990] import scarce
"Carland Cross" TV series [1996]
26 half-hour episodes were broadcast on French television, and later in Spain;
episode #6 was "The Golem"; only 5 episodes appear on the IMDB series entry

Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series [41 novels, 1983-2015] includes a race of creatures called Golems

"Davey's Hanukkah Golem" children's book [9/1991] by David Gantz

Golem, Giant Made of Mud 1995 book by Mark Podwal  "Golem: A Giant Made of Mud" [ages 2-4; 1995]
by Mark Podwal

Greenwillow 11¼x9 hardcover [10/95] out of print/many used
Greenwillow 11¼x8¾ library hardcover [10/95] out of print/used

"Golem" [1996 picture book] written and illustrated by David Wisniewski

"The Puttermesser Papers" [1997 novel] by Cynthia Ozick
A modern Jewish woman creates a female golem out of the dirt in her flowerpots to serve as the daughter she never had;
the golem helps Puttermesser become elected Mayor of New York before it begins to run out of control.

"The Golem's Mighty Swing" graphic novel [2001] by James Sturm
A 1920s Jewish baseball team creates a golem to help them win their games.

'Le Golem' book by Dino Battaglia  "Le Golem" [2004] by Dino Battaglia
Mosquito Editions 12x9 hardcover [3/2004] import/used
The Golem Play and Short Stories book translated by Joachim Neugroschel  "The Golem: A New Translation of The Classic Play and Selected Short Stories" [2006]
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel

contains new English translations of: "The Golem" [1909] by Yudl Rosenberg; selections from "Yiddish Folktales & Legends" [circa 1920] by Shloyme Bastomski; "The Golem" stageplay [1921] by H. Leivick; and "The Golem" story [1922] by Dovid Frishman
W.W. Norton & Co. deckle-edge 8½x6 hardcover [8/2006] for $25.63
Golem of Prague book by T. Kuperman  "The Golem of Prague" [2007] by T. Kuperman
ArtScroll Mesorah 11x8½ hardcover [2007] out of print/used
Amazon's low integrity: the credited author does not match the book cover,
also dimensions are incorrect
publisher's book page (closed on Shabbas)
The Strange Case of The Golem of Taos mystery novel by David Carson  "The Strange Case of The Golem of Taos (A Truish Tale)" mystery novel [2012]
by David Carson

a murdered woman is plastered in mud on the back of an old adobe church
Kindle Edition from Wolfchild Press [10/2012] for $3.00 {sic}
Wolfchild Press 9x6 pb [10/2012] for $18.00
Golem's Shadow Sherlock Holmes mystery novel by Petr Macek  "Golem's Shadow: The Fall of Sherlock Holmes" [2015] by Petr Macek
1903 is a dark time for Holmes: Irene Adler has died and he is back on the cocaine; Watson hopes to spark Holmes's interest with a seemingly simple marriage fraud case, and when it leads to far Bohemia – somebody leaves a corpse on the grave of famed Rabbi Loew in Prague – they take off in pursuit.
Kindle Edition from M.X. Publng [12/2016] for $6.99
M.X. Publng pb [3/2015] out of print/used
'Golemchik' comic book by William Exley  "Golemchik" comic book [grades 6 & up; 2015] by William Exley
Abandoned by his friends for the summer, a young boy goes searching for fun – and finds a golem on the prowl for the same; but the boy soon realizes that golems don’t know how to take it easy, and to save his town, he’ll have to get his new friend under control!official book site
Nobrow Press, U.K. mass pb [2/2015] out of print/used
Nobrow Press, U.K. 9¼x6¾ pb [6/2015] for $5.95
KomFederatsiia Russian-language pb [2017] for $21.77
Golem du Ghetto book by Sylvie Baussier  "Le Golem du Ghetto: Le Mystère du Géant de Prague" [YA 2015]
by Sylvie Baussier

The year 1580: When the false 'blood libel' against the Jews of Prague reaches the ears of the Emperor, he decides to expell the Jews; so, to protect his people, Rabbi Loew secretly creates a golem . . .
Oskar French-language 7½x5¾ pb [10/2015] import/used
Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories collection by J. Jacob Potashnik   "The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories" [2017]
by J. Jacob Potashnik, Foreword by David Gow

eight original stories in English, with glossary of Yiddish terms
Kindle Edition from Penny-A-Page Press [3/2017] for $9.99
Penny-A-Page Press 9x6 pb [2/2017] for $20.00
Golem Sherlock Holmes mystery novella by R.J. Shively  "The Golem: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" [2017]
by R.J. Shively

Professor VanHelsing writes asking for help, so Holmes & Watson travel to Prague . . .
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2017] for $2.99
L'Ombre du Golem (The Shadow of The Golem) book by Éliette Abécassis & Benjamin Lacombe  "L'Ombre du Golem (The Shadow of The Golem)" [2017]  2/2018
by Éliette Abécassis, Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe

French-language Kindle Edition from Flammarion Jeunesse [9/2017] for $19.99 {sic}
Flammarion Jeunesse 10½x7½ French-language hardcover [9/2017] import/used

Movies  &  Television
search DVDs on keyword 'golem' {returns 50+ items} at Amazon

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"Der Golem" silent feature
[Deutsche Bioscop GmbH Germany Jan 1915]
Der Golem 1915 lost German silent film  An antiques dealer finds a golem and brings it to life as his servant. The Golem falls in love with the dealer's daughter, but she does not return his love, so The Golem commits a series of murders.
Co-produced by Hanns Lippmann; co-produced, co-written & co-directed by Paul Wegener; co-written & co-directed by Henrik Galeen; starring Paul Wegener {as The Golem}, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova, Rudolf Blümner, Robert A. Dietrich, Carl Ebert, Jakob Tiedtke
{this film is considered lost} - although fragments exist
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Der Golem und Die Tänzerín (The Golem and The Dancing Girl)"
sequel comedy film
[Deutsche Bioscop GmbH Germany Jan 1917]
The Golem and The Dancing Girl 1917 lost silent film  As a practical joke, an actor impersonates the screen monster that he made famous • Produced by Paul Davidson; written & co-directed by and starring Paul Wegener; co-directed by and starring Rochus Gliese; also starring Lyda Salmonova, Wilhelm Diegelmann, Fritz Feld, Emilie Kurz, Wilhelm Schmidt, Erich Schönfelder, Friedrich Veilchenfeld, Ernst Waldow
{this film is considered lost} - except for 8 minutes recently found (unconfirmed)
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
"The Golem: How He Came Into The World"
horror prequel in 5 chapters
[U.F.A. Germany Oct 1920]
The Golem 1920 classic German silent film  A rabbi in XVIth-Century Prague sees danger to the Jews in the stars; he creates The Golem using sorcery, bringing the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution • Produced by Paul Davidson; co-written & directed by Paul Wegener; co-directed by Carl Boese; co-written & directed by Henrik Galeen; starring Paul Wegener {as The Golem}, Albert Steinrück, Lyda Salmonova, Ernst Deutsch, Hans Stürm, Max Kronert, Otto Gebühr, Dore Paetzold, Lothar Müthel, Greta Schröder, Loni Nest, Carl Ebert, Fritz Feld, Ursula Nest
91-minute Alpha Video DVD [9/2002] for $5.21
100-minute Classic Fantasy Horror DVD [4/2016] for $12.99
91-minute Kino Lorber Films restored DVD [10/2004] for $13.99
85-minute The Bureau DVD with modern score by Black Francis [3/2011] for $15.37
The Bureau soundtrack CD by Black Francis [3/2011] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie - with music & English intertitles [b&w upload; 1:41:23] at Internet Archive
watch full movie - music is mostly violin, intertitles in German [tinted upload; 1:24:50] at Internet Archive
watch full movie - with English intertitles, without music [tinted upload; 1:23:05] at Internet Archive

"Le Golem, or The Golem: The Legend of Prague"
[France Feb 1936, USA March 1937]
Le Golem 1936 movie by Julien Duvivier  French/Czechoslovakian remake of the 1920 Wegener silent film, also described as based on a stageplay by Czech avant-garde writing team George Voskovec & Jan Werich • Co-written & directed by Julien Duvivier; co-written by André-Paul Antoine & Josef Kodícek; starring Harry Baur, Roger Karl, Charles Dorat, Roger Duchesne, Raymond Aimos, Gaston Jacquet, Ferdinand Hart {as Le Golem}, Germaine Aussey, Jany Holt, Truda Grosslichtová, Alfred Bastýr, Julien Carette, Jan Cerný, Marcel Dalio, Frantisek Jerhot, Antonín Jirsa, F.X. Mlejnek, Stanislav Neumann, Robert Ozanne, Karel Schleichert, Walter Schorsch
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Císaruv Pekar, Pekaruv Císar (The Emperor and The Golem)"
[Czechoslovakia Jan 1952, Artkino USA Jan 1955]
'Císaruv Pekar, Pekaruv Císar' 1951 film from Czechoslovakia  A two-part 'historical fantasy comedy film' in color; the emperor and a lookalike baker trade lives, the other main characters are an alchemist and a golem; released as: Czech long version 144 minutes, USA version 110 minutes, Czech short version 112 minutes • Co-written & directed by Martin Fric; co-written by & starring Jan Werich {dual role}; co-written by Jirí Brdecka; also starring Marie Vásová, Natasa Gollová, Bohus Záhorský, Jirí Plachý, Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Filipovský, Frantisek Cerný, Václav Trégl, Vladimír Leraus, Milos Nedbal, Bohus Hradil {as Tycho de Brahe}, Frantisek Holar, Vladimír Repa, Lubomír Lipský, Theodor Pistek, Bohumil Bezouska, Felix Le Breux, Josef Kemr, Fanda Mrázek, Ota Motycka, Miroslav Svoboda, Jan S. Kolár, Milos Kopecký, Eliska Kucharová, Josef Hlinomaz, Alois Dvorský, Jana Werichová, Eva Jirousková, Gustav Hrdlicka, Frantisek Miroslav Doubrava, Marie Nademlejnská, Vladimír Svitácek, Ladislav Rychman, Vera Chytilová, Anna Pitasová, Jaroslav Vlk, Antonín Soukup, Václav Svec, Antonín Jirsa, Martin Raus, Emanuel Kovarík
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Filmexport Home Video subtitled b&w DVD [undated] 2 disks for $39.00  in PAL format only
Filmexport Home Video subtitled b&w DVD [undated] 2 disks import/used  in PAL format only
watch Czech-language (no subtitles) version online at YouTube: part 1 [1/2018 upload; 1:19:40] • part 2 not yet available

"Le Golem" TV movie [O.R.T.F. France Feb 1967]
'Le Golem' 1967 French TV movie directed by Jean Kerchbron  1-hour 55-minute b&w film based on Gustav Meyrink's 1920 novel • Co-adapted & directed by Jean Kerchbron; co-adapted by Louis Pauwels; starring André Reybaz, Georges Douking, François Vibert, Françoise Winskill, Magali Noël, Alfred Baillou, Serge Merlin, Pierre Tabard, Marika Green, Robert Etcheverry, Michel Etcheverry
Region 1 VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
watch French-language official trailer [4/2014 upload; 1:00] online at YouTube
I.N.A. b&w DVD [6/2008] for €9,99 - PAL format via Amazon.FR

"It!" aka "Curse of The Golem" horror film
[Warner Bros./Seven Arts July 1967]
still photo of the golem and the girl from 'It! - Curse of The Golem'  'Made in the Hammer Films style' - When a museum warehouse burns down, only one statue is untouched, one made by a famous rabbi in XVIth Century Prague . . . • Co-produced, written & directed by Herbert J. Leder; starring Roddy McDowall, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell, Aubrey Richards, Ernest Clark, Oliver Johnston, Noel Trevarthen, Ian McCulloch, Richard Goolden, Dorothy Frere, Tom Chatto, Steve Kirby, Russell Napier, Frank Sieman, Brian Haines, Mark Burns, John Baker & Alan Seller {as The Golem}
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
available on DVD only as part of a Horror Double Feature with "The Shuttered Room" [1967]
Warner Home Video color DVD [12/2008] out of prodn/used

"Prague Nights (Prazské Noci)" [Czechoslovakia June 1969]
Prague Nights movie from Czechoslovakia  Four segments taking place in Prague: "Poslední Golem" written & directed by Jirí Brdecka, starring Josef Bláha, Martin Ruzek, Jan Klusák, Lucie Novotná, Václav Mares, Viktor Maurer, Ladislav Gzela, Milan Mach; "Fabricius a Zuzana" and "Otrávená Travicka" directed by Milos Makovec; and "Chlebové Strevícky" directed by Evald Schorm
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"Dreht Euch Nicht Um, Der Golem Geht Rum, oder Das Zeitalter der Musse" [Germany Oct 1971]
("Don't Turn Around, The Golem [Have Us Surrounded], or The Age of Obligation")
'Dreht Euch Nicht Um, Der Golem Geht Rum' German TV movie  2-part science fiction TV movie about an indoor society in the 23rd Century where prisoners do all the work, everyone is a blonde, and subhumans who must wear yellow clothing and are called golems are planning a revolt . . . • Directed by Peter Beauvais; written by Dieter Waldmann; starring Martin Benrath, Hannelore Elsner, Katrin Schaake, Francesca Tu, Jens Weisser, José Luis Gómez {as Willi der A.I.}, Peter Eschberg, Isolde Bräuner, Manfred Hilbig, Ulli Lommel, Alexandra Marischka, Gerhard Remus, Harry Riebauer, Siegmar Schneider, Ludwig Thiesen, Christoph Bantzer, Helga Feddersen, Dietrich Mattausch, Renate Roland, Werner Finck, Werner Hessenland, Melanie Horeschowsky, Heinz Ulrich, Erland Erlandsen, Gerd Potyka, Wolfgang Allers, Wulf Ritthausen, Ilsemarie Schnering, Lothar Schock, Hilde Brand, Änne Bruck, Ruth Grossi, Lisa Helwig, Doris Kiesow, Burkhard Jahn • full credits at IMDb
Pidax Film Media Ltd. color DVD [9/2017] import/scarce - PAL format via Amazon.com
Pidax Film Media Ltd. color DVD [9/2017] for €14,95 - PAL format via Amazon.DE
watch German-language official trailer [9/2017 upload; 2:19] online at YouTube

"The World Beyond" TV movie [1978] /tt0235068/
A golem made of mud terrorizes a couple on a remote Maine island

"Golem" [1980] /tt0080806/
The film is set in a terrorizing world of the future; directed by Piotr Szulkin
Piotr Szulkin Box: Golem / Wojna Swiatow / O-bi, O-ba Koniec Cywilizacji / Ga Ga Chwala Bohaterom1986

"Miami Golem" [Italy 1985]
Miami Golem / Miami Horror movie from Italy  Shortly after a TV reporter films an interview about a university science program, gunmen kill the lab team and steal their secret experiment: a cell cloned from DNA from inside a meteorite . . . • Co-written & directed by Alberto De Martino (as Martin Herbert); co-written by Gianfranco Clerici & Vincenzo Mannino; starring David Warbeck, Laura Trotter, Loris Loddi, Giorgio Favretto, John Ireland, Victor Beard, Sergio Rossi, Giorgio Bonora, David Baxter, Stefano Mazzitelli, Charles Harris, Alessandra Canale, Pat Starke, Chris Gerard, Mauro Magliozzi, Nazzareno Cardinali, Dario Danieli, Fabio Lattanzi, Guido Sacchi, Claudio Coletti
letterboxed color DVD [2012] out of prodn/SOLD OUT !
"Miami Horror": Panther Ent. color VHS [10/90] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch official German-language trailer [10/2017 upload; 2:46] online at YouTube

"Monstrosity" horror comedy [1987] Director: Andy Milligan /tt0137961/
A young man, whose girlfriend was killed by street thugs, builds a Golem which is then programed to go out and kill the thugs.

"The Golem" [Cannon Group - never produced]
trades ad for 'The Golem' starring Charles Bronson  Advertised in the trades circa 1987-89 as being in 'pre-production', starring
Charles Bronson, produced by Pancho Kohner, written by Michael Alan
Kanter; currently absent from IMDb and Wikipedia, listed as 'unproduced'
on the [New] Cannon Films website

"Birth of A Golem (Naissance d'un Golem)" (1991) /tt0167302/
Directed by Amos Gitai; starring Dominique Sanda, Sapho

"Golem, The Spirit of Exile (Golem: L'Esprit de L'Exil)" [6/1992] /tt0104356/
Directed by Amos Gitai, starring Hanna Schygulla, Vittorio Mezzogiorno

"Golem: The Petrified Garden (Golem: Le Jardin Pétrifié)" [1993] /tt0143281/
Directed by Amos Gitai; starring Jerome Koenig, Hanna Schygulla, Samuel Fuller

"Rabín a Jeho Golem" TV Movie [1995] /tt3963118/
Directed by Václav Vorlícek | Stars: Vladimír Ráz, Pavel Nový, Jaroslava Adamová, Martin Zounar

"Myths, Mysteries, and Mysticism: The Golem" documentary (1996) /tt0425277/
40 minute Short; director Roel Oostra follows the Jewish-American rabbi & author Chaim Potok through Prague while recounting
the old legend of the Golem and its creator, Rabbi Judah Loew

"Golem" [Italy 2000]
Golem film by Louis Nero  Filmed using digital beta in France & Italy & Prague; an abstract work, 1999 trailer has no dialogue • A film by Louis Nero; narrated by Moni Ovadia, featuring Savino Genovese, Marco Giachino & Antonio Villella
Region 1 Blu-ray/DVD not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie website
watch official trailer with loud klezmer music [7/2008 upload; 5:06] online at YouTube

"Snow in August" TV movie [2001] /tt0262776/
A Catholic boy befriends a Jewish rabbi after a Jewish merchant was beaten up by racist thugs and now the boy and his mother
are fearful of their lives; the boy decides to create the vengeful Golem for protection ..

"Le Golem de Montreal" [indep 2004]
Le Golem de Montreal 2004  Three children use a magical Jewish recipe to create a golem . . . • Co-produced, written & directed by Isabelle Hayeur; starring Zébulon A. Vézina, Charlotte Bissonnette-Reichold, Chanel Petit, Réal Bossé {as the Golem}, Jessica Barker, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Emmanuel Charest, Victor Côté-Hayeur, Myriam De Verger, Marjolaine Lessard-Jean, Alexis Martin, Julien Ouellette-Neveu, Béatrice Picard, Lazlo Riccardi-Rigaud, Laszlo Ricciardi-Rigault
Alliance French-language widescreen color DVD [2005] for $50.00 {sic}
Alliance French-language widescreen color DVD [2005] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch video clip [2/2017 upload; 2:11] free online at Vimeo

"The Golem" video featurette [indep 2004]
'The Golem' 2004 featurette  39-minute story of estranged siblings returning to their childhood home after their father dies to dis-cover a golem living in the family garage • Written & produced by Rob Robinson; directed by Debora Roventini; starring Patrick Connelly, Philip Faiss, Chappie Hunter, Ken MacFarlane, Steven Rozic, Victoria Reid Taylor, Derik Van Derbeken, and voices of Elizabeth Bailey & Robert Harrison
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbofficial movie website

"You Got to Know When to Golem" segment of the "Treehouse of Horror XVII" episode /tt0831240/
[Fox Nov 2006] of "The Simpsons" TV series
featuring Fran Drescher & Richard Lewis as golems

"Blood and Stone: A Legend of The Golem" short [2009] directed by Arnon Z. Shorr /tt1439524/

"Living With Tzaddikim (.. Righteous Ones)" animated videos [2015]
episode 3 'The Golem To The Rescue'  Four animated episodes telling Jewish tales and promoting the 'righteous' (i.e. observant and kosher) Jewish lifestyle; episode titles are: 1) "Going Out of Prison With Bitachon", 2) "The Maharal and The Golem of Prague", 3) "The Golem To The Rescue", and 4) "The Golem and The Mysterious Palace of Five" • The animation is pretty lame and the website sells the videos by email inquiry! or toll-free phone or in Judaica stores in U.S. and Canada (2/2018)
not listed on IMDb • official website

"The Limehouse Golem" [R.L.J./LionsGate Sept 2017]  9/2017
The Limehouse Golem 2017 movie  "Before The Ripper, Fear Had Another name" • A Scotland Yard detective is assigned to solve a series of murders in the riverside Limehouse district of London; suspects include George Flood, John Cree, George Gissing, and Karl Marx
Directed by Juan Carlos Medina; screenplay by Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Peter Ackroyd; starring Bill Nighy {as Insp. Kildare}, Olivia Cooke {as Lizzie Cree}, María Valverde, Eddie Marsan, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Sam Reid, Adam Brown, Paul Ritter, Henry Goodman, Amelia Crouch, Peter Sullivan, Morgan Watkins, Damien Thomas, Simon Meacock, Keeley Forsyth, Siobhán Cullen, Mark Tandy, Olesja Sidorovich, Michael Jenn, Christina Tam, David Macey, Craig Thomas Lambert, Clive Brunt, Levi Heaton, Jack Parr, Craig Carr, Jake Sanson, Anita Breheny, Tom Raven, Louisa-May Parker, Gary Davies, Bryan Samson, David Vickers, Edythe Woolley, Michael Barron
Image Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2017] for $18.70
Image Ent. widescreen color DVD [11/2017] for $13.99
Amazon Instant Video [9/2017] rental $5.99, purchase $19.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch 6/2017 official trailer [2:11] at YouTube

Trial of Elizabeth Cree / Limehouse Golem novel by Peter Ackroyd  "The Limehouse Golem: A Novel" [1995] by Peter Ackroyd
prior title "The Trial of Elizabeth Cree", and before that was "Dan Leno and The Limehouse Golem" [1994],
which had no central Scotland Yard inspector character • book entry at Wikipedia
TLG: Kindle Edition from Nan A. Talese/Random House [3/2012] for $10.99
TTEC: Doubleday pb [4/95] out of print/used
TTEC: Nan A. Talese 9½x6¾ hardcover [4/95] out of print/40+ used
DLTLG: Mandarin 7¾x5 pb [1995] out of print/used
DLTLG: Sinclair-Stevenson, Ltd. hardcover [1994] out of print/used

"The History of Sarah and Golem" [in development 2018]  2018?
Sarah and Golem animated short film from Czech Republic   The team at Bohemian Multimedia, spol [est. 2008] in Prague, Czech Republic is working on a short animated film called "The History of Sarah and Golem"; they have enlisted Anthony Wong from PIXAR as director and are using old-fashioned wood-block stop-motion sets and modern CGI to tell a standard rabbi-golem-rabbi's daughter tale, albeit this daughter is just nine years old.
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • not yet listed at IMDb • official project page

Stageplays,  Other  Media

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"Der Golem" stageplay [1908] by Arthur Holitscher

"Der Golem" Yiddish stageplay [1921] by H. Leivick

poster for 'Golem panto misterium' 1927 performance in Budapest, Hungary  
"Golem" panto misterium [1927]
poster for performance in May 1927 in Budapest, Hungary
at the Vigadóban concert hall; directed by Aladár Kalmár

stageplay [circa 1930] by Czech avant-garde writing team George Voskovec & Jan Werich
said to be the basis for "Le Golem" [France 1936] directed by Julien Duvivier {see above}

"The Golem" Broadway stageplay [1948] by H. Leivick

The Golem, Man of Earth playscript by Howard Rubenstein  "The Golem, Man of Earth: A Play" [2006] by Howard Rubenstein
an experimental version of "The Golem, Man of Earth" was produced
in 2006 at 6th @ Penn Theatre (renamed Compass Theatre, since closed)
in San Diego, California
96-page Granite Hills Press 7¼x5 playscript pb [9/2007] for $14.95
The Golem of Havana 2013 musical stageplay  "The Golem of Havana" musical stageplay [2013]
The only golem here seems to be in the title and on the poster; musical stageplay about Holocaust survivors who fled Europe and now (in 1958) must flee Cuba; performed in Miami and New York City (off-Broadway) circa 2013; 2013 IndieGoGo campaign incomplete
Music by Salomon Lerner, lyrics by Len Schiff, book & direction by Michel Hausmann
official websitewatch official promo [ends at 3:40] online at Vimeo

'Golem' multi-media stageplay by Suzanne Andrade  "Golem" multi-media stageplay [1927 Theatre Company, UK 2014]
Written & directed by Suzanne Andrade; film, animation & design by Paul Barritt

An original story that examines the relationship between an extraordinarily ordinary man and his Golem - a creature fashioned out of clay - in a fictional yet familiar world, where technology and the market economy have evolved to a point of transcending the boundaries of human control. Golem has become a must have, indispensible ingredient for a better life - but its very existence threatens the future of those who created it. Multi-media stageplay had its world premiere at Salzburg State Theatre, Salzburg Festival, Austria in August 2014official website
watch 5/2014 'coming soon' official trailer [0:41] at Vimeo
watch 11/2014 Apple TV official trailer [0:40] at Vimeo

'Meyrink's The Golem: A Dream Play' adapted by Daniel Flint  "Gustav Meyrink's The Golem: A Dream Play" [2015]
one-man stageplay adapted & performed by Daniel Flint

directed by Joel David Santner; music by Josh Taylor
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2/2015] for $7.99
CreateSpace 7¾x5 pb [2/2015] for $9.99
'Golem' one-man stageplay by Richard Waring  "Golem" one-man stageplay [2016]
Written and performed by Richard Waring

performed at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017,
and touring England & Europe in 2016 & 2017
official website

Nicolae Bretan operas album on CD  "Der Golem" one-act opera [1923] by Romanian composer Nicolae Bretan [1887-1968]
first performed in 1924 in Cluj and revived in 1990 in Denver, Colorado; recording performed by Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldava, conducted by Cristian Mandeal; featuring baritone Alexandru Agache; opera "Der Golem" is ten tracks, Bretan's 1942 opera "Arald" is eight tracks
Nimbus Records audio CD [9/95] 18 tracks for $2.49 {sic}
opera entry at Wikipedia
Der Golem opera by Eugen d'Albert album on CD  
"Der Golem: Music Drama in Three Acts" opera [1926] by Eugen d'Albert [1864-1932]
recording performed by Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, conducted by Stefan Blunier, featuring Mark Morouse, Ingeborg Greiner, Alfred Reiter • opera entry at Wikipedia
MD&G Records hybrid SACD-DSD [11/2010] 2 disks for $34.99
Metamorphosis choral album on CD  "The Golem Psalms" choral work [2007] on the audio CD "Metamorphosis"
Text by Ellen Frankel, music by Andrea Clearfield

30-minute piece commissioned & performed in May 2007 by The Mendelssohn Club
of Philadelphia, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; album cuts 2-8;
the other two works are by Jennifer Higdon & James Primosch
Innova audio CD [2/2012] 10 tracks for $16.49
entry at composer's website

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C.B.S. Radio Mystery Theater aired an episode in 1974 entitled "The Golem", which takes place during the Holocaust.

'Mysterious Golem of Prague' radio drama on vinyl & MP-3  "The Mysterious Golem of Prague: The Story That Inspired Frankenstein" [1982]
radio drama written, produced & directed by Simcha Gottlieb & Chaim Clorfene,
based on the Kabbalah classic "Wonders of The Maharal" [1909]; featuring
Leonard Nimoy and an international cast

Jewish Radio Theater LP soundtrack album [1982] out of prodn/SOLD OUT!
49-minute indep MP-3 album download [12/2011] for $8.99
listen to audio excerpt [21:21] online at Chabad.org

Stone Golem cast metal miniature from Reaper  Clay Golem cast polymer miniature from Reaper   Stone Golem cast metal miniature from Reaper
for use in Dungeons & Dragons; package is 9x5x2, object weight is
1.6 ounces, height is 25mm (1 inch)
unpainted cast metal miniature from Reaper [undated] for $8.19
Clay Golem cast polymer miniature from Reaper
for use in Dungeons & Dragons; package is 5x3x1, object weight is
0.3 ounces, height is 25mm (1 inch)
unpainted cast polymer miniature from Reaper [undated] for $7.38

label for The Golem Riesling wine from Australia  
label for "The Golem" Riesling wine from Australia
made in the Clare Valley, South Australia, circa 2010-2012;
vintner Misfit Wine Company may now be defunct;
reviewers use words like 'vibrant' and 'tangy'

Non-Fiction  About  The  Golem

Jewish Stories of Prague book by V.V. Tomek  "Jewish Stories of Prague: Jewish Prague In History and Legend" [1932]
by Vaclav Vladivoj Tomek, 2008 Translation by Mirek Katzl

Kindle Edition from Sharpless House [1/2014] for $2.99
CreateSpace 8x5 pb [4/2015] for $8.95
LULU.com mass pb [12/2008] for $14.95

"The Golem Legend: Origins and Implications" [Univ Press of America 1985] by Byron L. Sherwin

The Golem Returns book by Cathy S. Gelbin   "The Golem Returns: From German Romantic Literature To Global Jewish Culture, 1808‑2008" [2010] by Cathy S. Gelbin
Univ Michigan Press hardcover [12/2010] for $70.00 {sic}
The Golem Redux book by Elizabeth R. Baer  "The Golem Redux: From Prague To Post-Holocaust Fiction" [2012]
by Elizabeth R. Baer

Kindle Edition from Wayne State Univ Press [4/2012] for $15.39
Wayne State Univ Press 9x6 pb [4/2012] for $27.95

Image  Gallery

2012 poster for imagined 1930s 'The Golem' movie directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff & Tor Johnson         

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Restaurant U Golema [est. 1967] in Prague, Czech Republic

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