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On Friday the 13th, precursor to ‘Frankenstein’ to be shown at Red River

  • Paul Wegener plays the title role in “The Golem” (1920). Courtesy

Published: 5/11/2016 11:30:09 PM

The Golem (1920), a German silent film about a man made of clay and brought to life, will be screened with live music Friday at 7 p.m. at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord.

The film will be accompanied live by silent film musician Jeff Rapsis. Admission is $10 per person.

In The Golem, set in 16th century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem.

Using sorcery, the Rabbi brings the creature to life in order to protect local Jews from persecution.

But the experiment gets out of hand, with the Golem imperiling the very community he was created to protect.

“Taking in a film such as The Golem is a good way to get through Friday the 13th,” Rapsis said. “It helps put everything in perspective.”

The Golem, directed by Paul Wegener, uses surrealistic sets and lighting to create an eerie mood. The story is taken from a medieval Jewish legend. In addition to directing, Wegener appears in the film as The Golem when the clay creature is brought to life.

For more info, call 224-4600 or visit redrivertheatres.org.


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