The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for "Halloween at the HSRC: Special Screening of the Silent Film The Golem," Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:15 SHARP, at the HSRC History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Released in 1920, "The Golem: How He Came into the World" is widely credited as the first motion picture in the horror genre. It has even been called a precursor to Universal Studios’ 1931 classic "Frankenstein." Set in the Jewish ghetto of medieval Prague, the film begins with Rabbi Loew, the head of the city's Jewish community, reading the stars. He predicts disaster for his people and brings his assistant to inform the elders of the community. After the Holy Roman Emperor signs a decree threatening to expel the Jews, Loew begins to look for ways to defend his people. He uses magic to create the Golem, a clay figure, and bring it to life, but things quickly start to go terribly wrong.
"The Golem" was directed by Paul Wegener, who also plays the film’s title character. The film critic Leonard Maltin gave "The Golem" three-and-a-half out of four stars, calling it a “chilling, visually dazzling story of the supernatural, based on a famous Jewish folktale of the 16th century.” In honor of Halloween, we'll screen the full 85-minute version of the film. For this family-friendly program, people of all ages are encouraged to come in costume.