The Golem

Film & lecture (English spoken)

Film: Der Golem (Paul Wegener, 1920)

In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using Jewish sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. This silent film masterpiece is a pinnacle of German cinema of expressionism, and one of the earliest (proto) sci-fi/horror films ever made.

Lecture: The Golem - from the Jewish tradition to contemporary science fiction

The Lecture will explore the reincarnation of the Golem myth - from the Jewish scriptures to modern counterparts such as Frankenstein's monster, to sci-fi cinema and its recurrent theme of technology out of control, and contemporary anxieties about the rise of artificial intelligence, mechanization and genetic engineering. As we shall see, the Golem is an architype that today is more relevant than ever before.