Le Golem

Le Golem is a 1936 French monster movie filmed in Prague, Czechoslovakia and directed by Julien Duvivier.

Le Golem
French film poster
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byCharles Philip
Written byAndré-Paul Antoine
Julien Duvivier
StarringHarry Baur
Music byJosef Kumok
CinematographyJan Stallich
Vaclav Vich
Edited byJiří Slavíček
Release date
  • 19 February 1936 (1936-02-19)
Running time
95 minutes


In a Prague ghetto, poor Jews find themselves oppressed by Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (Harry Baur) which leads to talk among the Jews of re-awakening the Golem who is being held in an attic by Rabbi Jacob (Charles Dorat). During a food riot Rudolph's mistress, the Countess Strada (Germaine Aussey), is rescued by the enamored De Trignac (Roger Cuchesne) who gets hurt in the process. De Trignac is taken to Rabbi Jacob's house by his wife Rachel (Jany Holt). When Rudolph gets engaged to his cousin Isabel of Spain, it angers Strada who charms De Trignac to steal Jacob's Golem.

Friedrich (Gaston Jacquest), the prefect of the police informs Rudolph of the Golem's disappearance. Rabbi Jacob is brought into the palace by Rudolph and told if any Jews are found in relation with the Golem's disappearance, then they will be hung. Rachel seeks De Trignac to aid Jacobs escape from the castle. De Trignac offers what he claims to be Charlemagne's sword for Jacob's release. After Jacob and De Trignac leave, Rudolph wanders his palace where he meets up with the Golem. After a failed polite gesture to the statue, Rudolph attacks it with his sword and has it chained to the walls of his dungeon. Rudolph then demands all Jewish leaders be imprisoned and executed, including Jacob. Rachel had learned previously from her Jacob that when a beast roars the Golem will awake. As people enter the palace to honour Rudolph, Rachel gets the lions near the Golem's cell to roar. Rachel carves the Hebrew word "emet", meaning truth on the Golem's forehead which brings the creature to life.

The Golem snaps his chains and causes panic through the palace along with the released lions. Friedrich and many other of Rudolph's other advisors are attacked and killed by the golem while Rudolph escapes the palace. Jacob erases the first Hebrew letter on the Golem's head (which now spells "dead") making the Golem disintegrate while Rudolph's benevolent brother Mathias approaches Prague.[1][3]



The movie is a sequel to Paul Wegener's 1920 film The Golem: How He Came into the World, and was released in Czechoslovakia under the title Golem.[1] The film opened in Britain in 1937 with a running time that was cut to 83 minutes. It was then reissued the next year under the title The Legend of Prague with a running time of 70 minutes.[4]


  1. Soister, 2004. p.186
  2. Erickson, Hal. "Le Golem". Allrovi. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  3. Soister, 2004. p.187
  4. Soister, 2004. p.191

Further reading

  • Jekova, Alena. 77 Prague Legends. Prague: Prah, 2006. ISBN 80-7252-139-X
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