The Golem

After watching “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (an unbelievable masterpiece from so long ago that it seems out of this world) I got interested in the man who was half the inspiration for it ( a man named Paul Wegener) and found one of his films on youtube. It is called “Der Golem” and if I am not mistaken, it is one of the first horror films ever!

Don’t kid yourselves into thinking this movie is anything close to scary today. It’s actually a bit difficult to watch at some points because we (I can’t be the only one) are accustomed to a much faster pace in films. And more variety in camera angles. Life was not as hectic back then (this is a 1915 film) as it is now, so their films ought to be slower. But still, it has a very eerie feeling to it and I always feel like I’m time-traveling when I watch movies from so long ago. Plus the direction is remarkable so it was a good experience.

The camera reminds me of an old man’s memory. It’s actually the way I used to picture the world whenever my grandparents told me stories from their past. A little dim, a little unfamiliar. A little black and white (because I always thought that such a different world ought to have different colours, so those as well are toned down a bit in my brain). Movie makers seem to agree with me, since they always use such tricks to show us footage from the past.

P.S I don’t know about you, but I have this strange habit: whenever I watch an old film I end up wondering about how many of those people¬†are probably dead by the time I watch it. In this one, they are all dead. Without a shred of doubt. Which makes me feel weird and makes the film seem more wondrous. Because today, cinema has an actual¬†history, with lots of people who used to create awesome films, and who are now dead and remembered by their work. And that is awesome. And gets me always. Bye!