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Monsters Film Festival: The Golem (1920)
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the Heath Humanities research network invites you to (re)discover classic monsters films. Victims or fiends, the protagonists in these interwar films challenge us to question our perceptions of monstrosity but also of normality. The three screenings will be introduced by film experts.
An immediate success upon its release in 1920, The Golem is a seldom-screened Gothic horror gem from Germany’s Weimar era. Set in the 16th-century, it is based on the legend of a rabbi who creates the Golem – a giant creature made of clay – in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. The film showing will be preceded by a talk on ‘Visualising Monstrosity in Early Gothic Cinema’ by Xavier Aldana Reyes, author of Horror Film and Affect and the forthcoming Gothic Cinema.
No booking required.