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Fantastical Subjects

by Kate Fortmueller

Paul Wegener was drawn to fantastical subjects because they motivated special effects and trick photography. This interest in the fantastic and manipulations is clear in the clips from The Golem. The fantastic also borrows from gothic forms, which would have helped these films to establish artistic legitimacy.

The Golem (1920) - Conjuring the word

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In this shortened sequence of bringing the Golem to life, Rabbi Loew conjures the magic word.

from The Golem (1920)
Creator: Paul Wegner and Carl Boese
Posted by Kate Fortmueller