The Season of Folk Horror : Der Golem + Live accompaniment from HarmonieBand – Festival of Ideas
This Halloween we are exploring the sub-genre of Folk-Horror. Three evenings across the end of October dedicated to movies that explore our fear of nature, our forgotten history and our own dark humanity.
For our first in this short season we are teaming up with Bristol’s Festival of Ideas for a 4k restoration of the brilliant and historic Der Golem.
Director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener made three films based on the ancient Jewish myth of the Golem. This is his final 1920 version and his magnum opus, capped by Karl Freund’s exhilarating lighting and cinematography and expressionistic designs of architect Hans Poelzig.
Threatened with expulsion, the Jews of 16th-century city of Prague seek help from the Golem, a clay monster brought to life through ancient, mystical powers to protect them. With its foreshadowing of Jewish persecution to come, Der Golem is a poignant piece of film-making that emerged as one of the great masterpieces of silent cinema.
This special screening is part of a series of events in collaboration with South West Silents, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Cube Cinema, Curzon Cinema and Arts and Watershed celebrating the films of the Weimar Republic as well as the ‘City and Silent Film’. These two seasons run through September, October and November 2019 as part of the Festival of the Future City 2019.
Live musical performance by HarmonieBand. With a brand new restored version of the film from the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. With thanks to the BFI.
HarmonieBand has appeared at many UK film festivals and art centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète.
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Run Time: 91 minutes