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The Golem Screens at REDCAT Friday and Saturday with Live Score

The Golem | Photo: Courtesy of REDCAT
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We know that there's absolutely too much stuff to do this weekend. The classic horror film choices alone are amazing, so to make decisions even more difficult, REDCAT is screening the 1920 German expressionist classic The Golem with a live score by Brian LeBarton--better known as Beck's keyboardist and musical director--with special guest Carla Azar on drums and percussion. The Golem is a 1920 silent feature based on the Jewish folk tale about a medieval Prague rabbi who brings a clay figure to life to help protect the city's Jews from oppression. But before long, the Golem becomes uncontrollable and begins to wreak his own havoc. The film, which served as a precursor to Frankenstein and other horror films films, featured director Paul Wegener as the Golem, cinematography by Karl Freund and sets by architect Hans Poelzig.

In a 1999 Film Monthly essay on The Golem, Michael Koenig writes: