Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
During my third year at university, I had the opportunity to follow some classes dedicated to the gothic novel. We were supposed to read the following books:
But the name Golem is also connected to something else. There is a 19th century legend of a rabbi, who made a creature out of clay, that was supposed to help the rabbi and even to defend the Jews in the ghetto of Prague. This legend is also briefly mentioned in the novel by Gustav Meyrink.
About a year later, a couple of friends of mine and myself had the opportunity to see The Golem: How He Came into the World, made in 1920 by Paul Wegener, in a movie theater. We were very excited about this, since we all loved the novel so much. And let’s face it: you don’t see a silent movie every day!
But we were to be disappointed. The movie was not based on the book, but on the legend itself. And to make it more appealing to a bigger audience, the director had concocted a ludicrous love story. What should have been an exciting experience, turned into something hilarious and at moments even silly. Somehow, it became unforgettable, but not in the way we had anticipated it…
And I found it on YouTube!
And when The Viking and I were in Prague, we made a surprising discovery about this Golem! But that’s for the next blog post!