[a.k.a. "Der Golem" (1920)]
A night of stars and mysteries outlines in light some crippled buildings,
their roofs put on their walls like the pointed hats on wizards. Seven haloed
stars are set in the dark sky above the tallest tower, reaching narrowly to
TITLE: The learned Rabbi Löw reads in the stars that
misfortune threatens the Jews.
On the roof of the weird tower marked on each corner by a great stone, Rabbi
Löw sits behind an early telescope, studying the constellations. He is
bearded with long locks of hair.
Through the eye of the telescope, we sweep across the heavens.
The Rabbi looks down from his instrument on its pivot and pores over a book
on alchemy. He is backed by smoke and a strange light. In the Rabbi's study
below, a glass retort bubbles on a flame. Watching it is the Rabbi's pale
assistant, FAMULUS, who looks up from his experiment at a girl, MIRIAM,
smiling and holding a lamp burning in her hand. Her shoulders are bare, her
robe is long, her hair in black braids. The two are in a room made of stone
blocks with a domed roof, like a rough-cast observatory. The girl walks
sensuously past the fire and the assistant, then puts down the lamp on a
table. FAMULUS gestures towards the roof above.
There the Rabbi looks up from his book, rises and walks across the roof
towards a stairwell.
Down some curving stairs, the Rabbi descends until he is standing between
MIRIAM and his assistant.
TITLE: "I must speak with Rabbi Jehuda. Danger
threatens our people."
MIRIAM'S face is full of pain. FAMULUS runs to the back of the tower room and
returns with a tall pointed bent hat, shaped like the buildings. The Rabbi
puts on his magician's hat and leaves.
Outside between the dark walls of the ghetto of the medieval city, the Rabbi
hurries through the darkness with his assistant carrying a smoking torch.
By the light of twin candles, the old Rabbi JEHUDA is reading a large tome.
Hearing a noise, he takes off his spectacles and puts up his hand to shield
his weak eyes from the glare.
Rabbi Löw and his assistant are brought into the older Rabbi's room by a
servant carrying a lantern.
The two Rabbis strike their hearts three times in ritual woe, then take each
other by the hands, their faces full of foreboding. Rabbi Löw warns.
TITLE: "Call all the elders of the community together
to pray. The stars predict disaster."
Old JEHUDA is worried and speaks his fears, as the assistant and the servant
listen. Then he gives a command and all leave the room.
Now two small windows shine in the blackness and three torches move across
the dark towards a gothic arch.
Labyrinthine passages are seen through the arches, as six men lead Jewish
worshipers towards their prayers.
A Jew prays before the Menorah with a shawl over his head. He strikes his
heart three times, lifts up his hands and bows forwards. Behind him, men kneel
in the darkness and lift their heads into the light, then lean back so that
their faces are upside down. They strike their hearts three times and
prostrate themselves again. On a rooftop, a black cat stalks the tiles in
front of a crooked chimney.
The roofs of the houses curve and sidle under the stars. The seven haloed
stars over the Rabbi's tower shine bright, then dissolve into a mailed fist
holding a written order:
INSERT: DECREED AGAINST THE JEWS:
We can no longer neglect the complaints of the
people against the Jews. They despise the holy
ceremonies of Christ. They endanger the lives
and property of their fellow-men. They work
black magic. We decree that all Jews shall be
expelled from the city and all adjoining land
before the end of the month.
Fade to the HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR'S face as he is clearly shown seated in state
at his court, wearing rich clothes and signing the decree with a gloved and
jeweled hand. When he has finished signing, he picks up a large royal seal
and presses it down on some wax.
The CHAMBERLAIN hands the decree to a courtier on his left, who puts it into a
courier's round satchel, then hands it back to the CHAMBERLAIN, who gives the
case to the EMPEROR.
Three young courtiers talk as they wait with nothing to do. The EMPEROR smiles
and gestures towards the courtiers with the courier's satchel. They are
aghast, but one with a feather in his hat runs forward to the EMPEROR, while
the others watch his temerity. The EMPEROR speaks to the bold one.
TITLE: "Knight Florian, deliver our decree to the
As the EMPEROR smiles in front of his attendants, FLORIAN takes the satchel
and turns to leave, smiling his satisfaction at his friends.
Fade to the hand of Rabbi Löw tracing out an alchemist's drawing of the figure
of the GOLEM, a mythical giant with a five-pointed star of Judah on his
breast, who may be summoned by the Jews in their hour of need. Hieroglyphs
cover the parchment -- instructions on how to make the giant. The hand turns
over another page of parchment covered with astrological designs and crabbed
writing. The Rabbi is planning.
TITLE: "Venus enters the constellation of Libra! Now
is the auspicious hour to summon the dead
spirit Astaroth, and compel him to reveal the
magic word. Then we can bring the Golem to life
to save our people."
The fingers trace out more of the diagrams, then dissolve to the Rabbi's face
as he studies his book by his window. He puts up his hands and rocks back,
then bows forwards to the wisdom of the book.
Fade to the knight FLORIAN as he rides on his white horse in front of a huge
black wall pierced by an arched gate. On a watchtower, a bell rings and the
watchman comes down some steep steps to look over the wall to see who is at
the gate. He then hurries down. FLORIAN is still horsed outside the walls.
The watchman hurries down masses of winding steps, until he reaches a barred
window by the gate. There FLORIAN holds the sealed courier's satchel in one
hand, the halter of his horse in the other hand, and a rose between his teeth.
The watchman shakes his head, then sees the EMPEROR'S seal and opens the gate
for the knight, who is smiling.
A doorkeeper pulls down the bar of the gate.
FLORIAN now stands by his horse with his hand on his hip and his legs crossed,
the casual messenger of bad news. The gate opens and a man takes the horse's
halter to lead it into the city. FLORIAN follows, the rose between his teeth.
In her chamber, MIRIAM combs her dark tresses. The walls are covered with
patterns of flowers and weeping leaves.
In his study, Rabbi Löw looks up in pain from the parchment which he puts
aside. He closes a large book, puts it in a recess, then crosses to the doors
leading into the room and locks them. Restlessly, he moves in and out of the
arches of the chamber. Round him, the glass beakers of his experiments.
His passing takes him now into a dark small room with a triangular window,
where he pulls aside a rug and opens a trapdoor. He climbs down through it
into a secret corridor with lines on its wall ending in a triangular door,
sealed with a metal strip ornamented with hieroglyphs. Rabbi Löw cuts through
the seal with his knife and pushes the door open. In the secret room, the
Rabbi passes a diagram of the GOLEM fixed to the wall and pulls down from an
arched window a huge slab on twin cross-bars. Two other diagrams of the GOLEM
are now seen near a lump of clay, roughly fashioned in the shape of a giant.
Rabbi Löw now begins to work at the eyes of the monster, pushing at the clay
and molding the face of the GOLEM.
Fade to FLORIAN, as the watchman leads him and his horse down the steps and
through the streets of the city. Between the heavy dark walls, people run
about to watch him and wait on top of the arches of the massed buildings. The
EMPEROR'S messenger has come. In his study, the old Rabbi JEHUDA is ready at
his table. A limping spry man comes in and taps him on his shoulder.
TITLE: "A messenger from the Emperor is here."
JEHUDA signals the man to bring in the stranger while he takes off his
glasses, uncomprehending, and puts his hand over his tired eyes. Fade to
FLORIAN, as the man brings him in to see JEHUDA. The courtier hands the Rabbi
the imperial decree with a grand flourish, then leans back against the middle
arch of the room, crossing his ankles, one hand on his hip, gaily swinging the
rose with his free hand and reading the decree over the old Jew's shoulder.
JEHUDA drops the scroll and puts his hands over his heart in shock. He moves
beside FLORIAN and speaks to the knight, who is full of disdain.
TITLE: "Come with me to the Chief Rabbi Löw, who is
like a father to our whole community."
As JEHUDA is scraping and bowing, FLORIAN nods. The old Rabbi reaches out to
kiss the dandy knight's sleeve, but FLORIAN jerks away, and they leave
Fade to the Rabbi Löw kneading a mass of clay in his hands as he studies the
diagrams. He turns and smears the clay on the GOLEM'S face. His hands work at
the features of the monster.
Fade to the ghetto street outside Löw's tower, where FLORIAN is walking with a
crowd leading his horse.
MIRIAM is putting her hair up under a coif, when she hears the noise in the
street, looks out of the window, and moves with joy to see the handsome knight
The walls rise, slant and beamed and high, above FLORIAN and his horse, as the
ground swallows them up.
From the street, JEHUDA is made to look up by FLORIAN tapping his shoulder.
MIRIAM leans out of her window, looking down and smiling. FLORIAN looks up and
waves his rose at her. MIRIAM looks down in delight.
Beside the knight, JEHUDA gestures towards the door of the house. MIRIAM nods
and draws her head back inside the window. Below, the old Rabbi explains to
FLORIAN who the girl is. Inside Löw's study, MIRIAM runs over to the assistant
FAMULUS and tells him of the arrival of the EMPEROR'S messenger. As he runs
off, she folds her arms and sighs.
In his secret room, the Rabbi Löw works on the GOLEM'S clay face, now smooth
and humanoid. He looks upwards, then moves over to the arched window. He
places the slab over it, plunging the room into darkness. Then he opens the
door of the room, letting in the light as he goes out. Finally he closes the
door on the GOLEM in its black sepulcher.
Fade to Löw's study where the assistant ushers in the haughty FLORIAN and the
old JEHUDA. When Löw comes in, he bows and takes the knight back through an
arch to a dark recess, where there are some heavy curved chairs set under
stalactites which grow out of shell-like niches. As FLORIAN toys with his
rose, the Chief Rabbi speaks.
TITLE: "It was I who drew the Emperor's horoscope. I
warned him of danger twice. Tell him now that I
humbly ask for an audience with him."
FLORIAN smiles and nods while the two Rabbis speak together. MIRIAM comes in,
holding a large goblet and a bowl of fruit, which she sets on a table before
offering the goblet to the knight. In answer to her smile, FLORIAN grins
toothily, showing the gap between his front teeth.
MIRIAM looks away, smiling, then lowers her lids in false shyness. The two
Rabbis look at each other, then off at the two young people. MIRIAM now drinks
out of the goblet herself before offering it to the knight, who slyly turns
the goblet round to kiss the brim and drink out of the same place as she did.
He gives his rose to the girl. She plays with it softly.
Fade again to the starry night sky with the seven stars haloed in the heavens,
then dissolve to a star of David made of cracked clay, then dissolve to the
powerful face and shoulders of the finished GOLEM, its eyes closed, crowned by
a mass of clay hair. Löw stands with his hand on the standing monster's chest.
propped against the wall of his secret room.
TITLE: "The hour has come!"
He looks up at the diagram, then bends to pull the GOLEM forward. He takes its
weight on his shoulder, struggles, then pushes the clay monster back upright.
His heart has been strained, so he massages it before leaving the room.
FAMULUS is heating a prong at the forge when the trapdoor opens behind him and
Löw appears. The Rabbi's assistant drops the hot iron in terror, as his master
comes up behind him and takes him by the shoulders and speaks.
TITLE: "Guard this secret with your life."
The assistant rolls his eyes as the Rabbi takes his hand and leads him over to
TITLE: Knight Florian brings the Emperor's answer.
FLORIAN rides into the ghetto and stops between two rows of houses with gables
hanging askew, aslant. He claps his hands and a man appears at a high window.
He waves a sheet of parchment, and people run up to the EMPEROR'S messenger on
In his secret room. Löw demonstrates the GOLEM to his assistant, pointing to
the star of David on the monster's chest, then to the diagram on the wall.
FAMULUS rolls his eyes with wonder and terror.
In the study, MIRIAM shows FLORIAN to a carved bench. As she tries to leave,
he catches her hand and draws her down beside him. Their breathing quickens,
their lips near, his hand touches her breast, her hands cover his before
ending on his chest. Faint with desire, the pair lean back on the bench.
Fade to Löw and his assistant struggling with the body of the GOLEM up the
steep corridor. The wrapped head of the monster is pushed through the
Back on the bench, FLORIAN keeps his hand over MIRIAM'S heart as he whispers
in her ear and she smiles.
Fade to FAMULUS unwrapping the head of the GOLEM. He and the Rabbi push the
monster towards the arched doorway. Löw moves over to the triangular window to
look out. He sees below ... The white horse being led up and down between two
rows of people and the narrow walls of the ghetto.
Seeing everybody's attention safely elsewhere. Löw locks the doors of the room
while his assistant closes the trapdoor.
Fade back to the couple on the carved bench with their arms round each other.
Rabbi Löw comes on, his face full of worry. The couple spring up as he passes
and FLORIAN gives him the parchment with an embarrassed flourish.
As MIRIAM backs away, her finger to her lips, the Rabbi reads the scroll:
INSERT: In memory of your services we will grant you an
audience. Come to the Festival at the Castle,
and amuse us again with your magical arts.
FLORIAN and the ecstatic MIRIAM glance at each other.
Rabbi Löw looks up from the scroll, smiling. He speaks to FLORIAN, who puts on
his hat and walks, grinning, past MIRIAM. The Rabbi passes her and scowls and
follows the knight out of the room. MIRIAM runs over to the window.
Outside the tower. FLORIAN appears with the Rabbi and takes the halter of his
horse. The people watch below the tall buildings. MIRIAM backs away from the
window and cowers, her arm over her head, expecting punishment. When Löw comes
back into the room, he lectures her as she shakes her head. He points towards
the bench, but she still denies his charges. So he takes her wrists, forces
her to kneel and grips her by the neck, threatening her.
TITLE: "You shame me, but I will soon have a guardian
The Rabbi stops throttling the frightened MIRIAM. who presses her face against
his legs in submission.
On a road over a bridge, FLORIAN rides his horse, outlined against the sky.
Löw's hand opens the leather cover of a book, intricately decorated. Inside, a
drawing of the GOLEM with crabbed writing at its side. On the other page, a
INSERT: This figure, called the Golem, was made long
ago by a magician of Thessaly. If you place the
magic word in the amulet on its breast, it will
live and breathe as long as it wears it.
Fade from the open book to Löw and his assistant poring over it, then fade
again to them as the assistant looks up in fear and the Rabbi tells him to be
brave. Löw closes the book and picks up a hollow Star of David and a piece of
paper. Then he opens another old tome and reads its text.
INSERT: Astaroth guards the magic word which can give
life even today. He who possesses the key of
Solomon can force Astaroth to reveal the word,
if he observes the due hour of the meeting of
The Rabbi looks at his assistant as he closes the old book. He takes the Star
of David and folds up the pieces of paper to fit the hollow inside the star.
On the chest of the GOLEM, there is a clay circle waiting for the star.
Löw moves towards the monster, while his frightened assistant lags behind, his
hands over his face. Löw forces the hands of FAMULUS apart so that he must
watch the Rabbi pointing to the circle on the GOLEM'S chest.
Now the Rabbi wears his wizard's hat, ornamented with cabbalistic symbols and
the Star of David. He has a wand in his hand, which he brings down, raises,
brings down. FAMULUS watches, rigid with terror.
Löw continues with his magic ceremony, drawing a circle about him with the
wand. Fade to him, now standing within a ring of fire. He pulls his assistant
into the charmed circle, and suddenly a clay Star of David appears at the end
of his wand, while he waves thrice. FAMULUS grips his master in fear.
Three lighted torches flare above the Rabbi and his assistant in their ring of
flames. FAMULUS begins to faint and slide to the floor, while the Rabbi also
weakens, sinks down, holding the clay star above him.
TITLE: "Astaroth, Astaroth, appear, appear! Speak the
Löw's face is distorted as he holds up the clay star. A demon's head appears
by the Rabbi and his assistant. It burns and floats, its forehead huge above
its bulging white eyes, smoke curling from its black lips.
Löw cries out in fear.
From the mouth of Astaroth, the smoke writes the magic word: AEMAET.
Now the clay star blazes at the end of the Rabbi's wand and he throws it
outside the circle of fire. Then he pulls off his wizard's hat and staggers
round the ring of flames, trying to get out. Finally he collapses, his arms
stretched wide, as the center of the circle explodes in a flash of white
As the smoke clears, the Rabbi is seen crouching over his unconscious
Outside the tower, the smoke flies up to the sky from a small window.
Inside his room, Löw drags FAMULUS over to a bench, shakes him and wakens him.
He points at the paper in his hand and the clay figure of the GOLEM. FAMULUS
tries to stop his master, but Löw seizes the pen, dips it in ink and begins to
write. The thick quill writes out the word ... AEMAET.
The Rabbi finishes writing, then runs over to the GOLEM and signals FAMULUS to
help him move the monster. The two of them stand the GOLEM in front of some
crooked steps. The Rabbi puts the paper inside the hollow Star of David, then
screws it into a socket inside the clay circle in the GOLEM'S chest.
Immediately, the eyelids of the GOLEM open, his clay head moves, as FAMULUS
backs away. The GOLEM'S face is blank, its eyes open and white, the mask of
clay hiding any form of intelligence. The Rabbi looks at his creation.
The GOLEM turns, its mouth severe. It has ropes tied on its arms, narrow legs
and heavy shoes.
The assistant crouches on the steps, ready to run.
The GOLEM looks at Löw, who backs away. Then it rocks, its eyes staring wide.
It moves forwards, swinging its legs clumsily like lead weights on poles. As
it reaches the Rabbi. Löw orders the monster to stop. It does stop. Then the
Rabbi orders the GOLEM to walk away. It obeys him, knocking over the assistant
who happens to be in its way. Then it halts on Löw's order.
Hesitant and fearful, Löw approaches his monster and pulls the Star of David
out of its socket. The eyes of the GOLEM Shut, it rocks on its feet and falls
back against the wall. The Rabbi and his assistant look at the lifeless
monster, then begin to praise the Lord.
Now the GOLEM is seen swinging an axe, then by a well, splitting logs. One
blow is enough to cut a huge log in half.
Two men look down watching the GOLEM at work below their window.
Four children peep over the wall at the toiling monster. The GOLEM moves with
the logs, then looks upwards. Its master, the Rabbi, is leaning out of his
tower window. The GOLEM stumps up to the well. The Rabbi signals with his arm.
The GOLEM nods twice jerkily, unties the well rope and begins to pull up a
bucket of water.
Inside his tower room, Löw turns to sit at his table by the window while
MIRIAM rushes in to point out the monster at work. The GOLEM pulls a bucket of
water from the well.
In the room, MIRIAM is upset, but the Rabbi lays down the law.
TITLE: "This is my new servant, Golem."
MIRIAM looks fearful and glances out of the window.
TITLE: The Golem's first appearance on the street.
FAMULUS comes out of a small archway in a timbered wall, signaling the huge
GOLEM to follow him with a large basket. The monster looks pleased at its
first sight of the ghetto. Now it moves between the high walls, making two men
flee for their lives. But some children run up to it and skip around it, while
it swings its basket at them. Now the children run down some steps, while
mothers pull their babies away from the passing monster and the Rabbi's
In an apothecary's shop, a man and a woman and a boy are working over a table
scattered with herbs. The door is pushed open by the GOLEM, which knocks over
a stool and stands by the counter. The three people in the shop are terrified.
The monster reaches into its basket for its shopping list and stiffly holds
the list out in its gloved fist. Now FAMULUS runs into the shop to explain. As
he does so, the GOLEM turns to glare at the hated assistant.
TITLE: "This is the Rabbi's new servant. He cannot
speak, but he will not hurt you. He will come
to you every day, with a list of the articles
On the assistant's signal, the man and the woman begin to pull down the herbs
from racks above.
Fade to FLORIAN, now standing by the city gate and arguing with the watchman.
He puts a folded letter between his teeth so that he can bring up his purse
and drop coins one by one over his shoulder into the watchman's open palm.
Five coins complete the bribe. The watchman's hand takes the note, and FLORIAN
grins his delight.
Fade to the Rabbi's laboratory, where FAMULUS is leading in the GOLEM, who is
carrying the herbs and the basket and other loads. The assistant smiles and
takes the herbs from the monster, but it will not give up the basket. The
assistant backs away, telling the GOLEM to put out its arm. It does so with a
jerk, nearly knocking FAMULUS over; but now he can get the basket from the
monster. The assistant tries to get more work from the GOLEM. He taps down the
monster's arm, then takes it over to the spit, where there is a large bellows
worked by a handle over the fire FAMULUS demonstrates how to work the handle,
which the GOLEM does with such vigor that the assistant has to leap from the
flare of the flames fanned by the bellows.
Löw watches the comedy, considering.
The assistant runs from the room, as the GOLEM makes the fire spurt high.
FAMULUS runs up to the Rabbi, who walks over to the monster and raises his
hand in a curt command. The GOLEM stops working the bellows and leaves the
room at Löw's order. The Rabbi turns to his assistant.
TITLE: "Today I go to show the Golem to the Emperor.
Stay and guard my house."
Löw moves across to speak to the GOLEM, which follows its master out, leaving
the assistant behind.
Fade to a high tower and a wall, with MIRIAM entering, her scarf blowing in
the wind, her arms held high. She walks over to another tower, more leaning
than Pisa's, and meets the watchman there. He hands the folded letter to her
and disappears, while she opens it, smiles to read it, folds it up and kisses
the words of her lover.
Fade into a road over a bridge, where the Rabbi is leading the GOLEM towards
TITLE: The Rose Festival.
Four trumpeters stand on a balcony festooned with banners hanging from stag's
horns. They blow their brass notes to north, east, south and west.
In the EMPEROR'S hall, two rows of men with torches, two rows of girls in
bright dresses dance and whirl to the music.
Above them, six musicians puff and blow wind instruments from a balcony.
The men dance with their torches held high.
The courtiers round the EMPEROR'S throne, link arms, and sway to the music. A
jester mocks the girl with the EMPEROR.
FLORIAN runs out of the hall.
Two tall knights with feathered helmets stand on either side of an open heavy
door, through which FLORIAN comes, closing it behind him before dashing off.
The dancing men still whirl with their torches.
Fade to MIRIAM, bare-shouldered under her turban, as she reads FLORIAN'S
INSERT: "At the time chosen by the Emperor to see your
father, I will leave the castle and come to you.
I have bribed the watchman. Place a light in
your window as a sign that you are waiting for
MIRIAM'S face is hot in the lamplight as she closes her eyes and puts her
forehead to the letter.
Fade back to the dancers, as they part, holding their torches high. The two
knights at the heavy door stop the Rabbi and the GOLEM as they enter. Löw
explains the reason for his coming and is allowed to enter. More knights
cluster round the GOLEM, staring at it.
In the hall, Löw walks towards the EMPEROR. He looks strange in his dark cloak
and pointed wizard's hat. He bows low before the EMPEROR and kisses his ring.
The EMPEROR pats him, condescending, while the jester leers.
Two beautiful girls with jeweled circlets on their foreheads smile, then
suddenly go white with fear to see:
The GOLEM, towering and blinking by the door.
Now the EMPEROR and his girl see the monster. The EMPEROR asks Löw about it
and is impressed. The Rabbi raises his hand.
The GOLEM moves down the hall between the dancers, who fall back in fear.
One of the musicians stops playing and stares with a slack mouth, then taps
the shoulder of another musician, whose mouth also drops open. The music from
the balcony stops. The EMPEROR'S guests draw back in terror.
The GOLEM moves down the hall straight at the EMPEROR'S throne. Three girls
shrink back, crouching on the floor.
The GOLEM comes to a halt before its creator and the EMPEROR. Rabbi Löw
TITLE: "He is my creature, called Golem. I may not
tell you more."
As the Rabbi and the EMPEROR move away, girls surround the GOLEM like a
plaything. Greatly daring, one girl touches its cheek. It snaps back at her
and all the girls dart back. Now another girl shrugs and offers the monster a
flower. It looks at the flower in its hand, then slowly reaches out to touch
the girl's head in gratitude. But the girls dart away from its touch, and it
stares after this beauty vanishing, lost. Its face is sad as it learns its own
Fade to FLORIAN creeping back across the road bridge.
Fade back to the Rabbi, the EMPEROR and the GOLEM. The EMPEROR'S girl elbows
the monster, but it does not move. She stands, smiling her triumph at her
lover, while he turns to put a hand on Löw's shoulder.
TITLE: "What kind of miracle can you show us today,
you strange magician?"
As the EMPEROR folds his arms, the Rabbi becomes grave and raises his hands
and his eyes towards heaven.
TITLE: "I will show you the history of our people and
our fathers. If you value your lives, no one
must speak nor laugh."
The EMPEROR smiles and shouts to the guests and waves his hand above his head.
They toss flowers in the air and laugh their pleasure.
Fade to FLORIAN running into the dark arch of the doorway of Löw's tower. He
stops to look upwards. MIRIAM appears in a white gown and pulls him inside. In
a dark hall of the tower, a single lamp shines on MIRIAM pausing to sink into
the knight's arms and kiss him. Then she leads him on into the darkness.
FAMULUS lies asleep at a table, the Rabbi's books open in front of him.
Fade back to the EMPEROR'S COURT, where all are seated with their backs to us
while Rabbi Löw stands on a platform. Behind him, stone branches weave in and
around a niche in the wall. The Rabbi raises his hands. There is an explosion
of white flame. Fiery particles shoot out and scare the EMPEROR'S guests.
Now the Rabbi raises his hands again. There is a flare of light and as the
guests wonder, we see two lines of people toiling across the desert.
Now superimposed over the EMPEROR'S hall, we see the three Wise Kings, Mary on
the donkey's back with the Christ child, and the wandering tribes of Israel.
Löw's eyes burn as he summons up the history of the Jews. The people about the
EMPEROR all watch intently.
In a group round a young man, a girl whispers. He puts a finger to his lips to
The musicians in the balcony stare downwards.
The GOLEM watches the magic show between two of the EMPEROR'S knights.
Now Moses appears superimposed over the imperial hall. The jester giggles and
nudges the EMPEROR'S girl. Then he grimaces and makes her laugh. This makes
the EMPEROR laugh. Following their master's lead, all the courtiers laugh as
the jester waves them on to more derision.
Moses walks towards the mocking guests, his staff threatening them.
Löw raises his hands in an incantation.
Moses looms over the laughing courtiers.
Löw's face is fearful.
Now Moses towers over the EMPEROR himself. He conjures up a lightning flash.
Smoke fills the hall.
Seven frightened faces stare up like the haloed stars.
Above them, three ceiling beams fall down between the pillars of the hall.
Dust showers the milling mob of courtiers.
The beams slide further down between the pillars.
The courtiers panic, fight, choke in the dust.
The musicians cower on the balcony.
The beams crush still further down on the people.
The GOLEM stands at the door of the hall, its arms spread blocking the way
out. One frightened girl kneels in front of it, begging its mercy: but the
GOLEM shakes its head and bars the door. A beam falls off its shoulder and
crashes down on a man. The rest shrink back.
Other beams fall about the frantic jester and the frightened courtiers, who
begin to attack one another and fight their way out. Rabbi Löw stays standing
by the EMPEROR and his girl. The courtiers attack each other to scramble out
of holes in the cracking walls and windows.
Now outside the hall, people are seen falling out of the windows between the
great pillars which support the palace.
Löw stretches up his hands to heaven as more courtiers panic by the EMPEROR,
who seizes the Rabbi and shakes him from his trance.
TITLE: "Save me, and I will pardon your people."
The Rabbi smiles faintly and reaches out his hand and cries out to his
By the door, the GOLEM nods and moves from the main doorway. As the Rabbi and
the EMPEROR and the courtiers move away, the ceiling falls where they have
been standing. They step their way over the prostrate wounded to where the
GOLEM lurches up onto a stone platform and puts his shoulders and hands under
some fallen beams. The monster strains mightily at the falling roof. The beams
part into a triangle of escape for the people crouching behind, including the
Rabbi and the EMPEROR ...
Fade to the road bridge, across which the Rabbi is returning with his monster.
Now FLORIAN is seen with his head on MIRIAM'S breast as she lies back on her
pillows, the two drapes of her bed in a triangle of escape behind her.
Now fade to a tall arched gate in the city wall, where Löw pulls the cord of
the bell, while the GOLEM waits.
The watchman is asleep in the bell tower, while a bird is asleep on the bell
itself. As the bell rings, the bird flies off and the watchman springs up,
looks over the wall and rushes off, down some steps. The gate opens to let in
the Rabbi and the GOLEM. The Rabbi tells the watchman the good news, his hand
on the other's shoulder.
TITLE: "We are saved! The Emperor has withdrawn his
decree. Wake my sleeping brothers with the
glad sound of the Schofa horn."
The smiling watchman kisses Löw's sleeve, then leads him and the GOLEM into
Fade to MIRIAM'S bed, where she is asleep with FLORIAN on the floor beside
her. She wakes in fear and rouses FLORIAN, who is also afraid. She rises from
her bed in her long white nightgown, her black braids reaching nearly to her
ankles. Her lover holds her gown and the curtains of the bed, then lets her
free to go to the window. Below in the courtyard, Rabbi Löw and the GOLEM go
towards their tower while the watchman runs back up the steps to sound the
horn from the ghetto wall.
MIRIAM comes back fearfully from the window, takes FLORIAN'S hand, then locks
the door of her bedroom.
The Rabbi leads his monster back into his study, takes off his hat and cloak,
then turns to put his hand on the GOLEM'S shoulder. It stares at him with
sudden hatred. Löw slowly takes back his hand. The GOLEM sneers, one white eye
Löw slowly reaches for the Star of David on the monster's chest, but it holds
its clay hand over its source of life.
The Rabbi backs away from his creation, then crouches over a table. The
GOLEM'S face convulses with fury, its teeth bared. The Rabbi cowers at the
The monster raises its hand, ready to strike. It moves round behind the Rabbi,
but it is too slow. Löw pulls out the Star of David from its chest and it
drops its hand, rocks and falls back lifeless. Now the Rabbi crouches down by
his unmoving monster and puts his hand on its clay face.
From the ghetto wall, the watchman blows the Schofa horn.
A man pokes his head out of a small window.
As the horn sounds again, men talk from the windows. The horn sounds yet
again. A woman appears at a little window, then a thin man in a doorway
shorter than he is. He joins three other men dressed like himself in pointed
hats and black gowns. Women gather around them and wave at the ghetto wall.
The horn sounds again. There is general excitement, as the Jews come out into
the streets. One man stands on a platform, waving his hands in the air, while
the crowd surrounds him.
TITLE: "Let us rejoice."
The crowd begins to dance, throw their hats away, shout.
The watchman sounds his horn yet again.
A group of men run down to help the old Rabbi JEHUDA to climb some steps.
Fade to FAMULUS, the Rabbi's assistant, as he wakes from his sleep and hurries
to the window, then returns to his bed to put his coat on.
Fade to the Rabbi reading from his old books of magic with the clay figure of
the GOLEM stretched out at his feet. His hands trace out the German text:
INSERT: If you have brought the dead to life through
magic, beware! When Uranus comes into the House
of the Planets, Astaroth will take back his
creature. Then the dead clay will scorn its
Master and destroy him and all living things.
The Rabbi looks down from his book at the lying monster.
TITLE: "Your work, Golem, is done. Turn to lifeless
clay again, before the powers of darkness take
Löw closes his book, rises and picks up a large wooden mallet, ready to smash
the GOLEM to pieces. But FAMULUS runs in and stops him.
TITLE: "Master, Jehuda waits below with the elders to
escort you to the Synagogue for the Ceremony
Löw looks off with his assistant to see:
Twelve men carrying the Ark of the Covenant between them on long poles. They
are surrounded by other men blowing the Schofa horns with people kneeling
In her bedroom above, MIRIAM pushes FLORIAN back from the light into the
shadows. They hold each other in fear and love, looking wildly for an escape.
She counsels him.
TITLE: "After all have gone, steal through that gate."
MIRIAM points the direction to FLORIAN, then sinks back in his arms.
Rabbi Löw comes through a low arch to meet old JEHUDA and go with him into the
street. FAMULUS watches the two men leave. Out in the streets of the ghetto,
the jammed people wave and shout between the tall crooked buildings.
Waving tall fans in the shape of palm-leaves, the people part to let the Ark
of the Covenant pass along the narrow street. FAMULUS watches the procession,
smiling from Löw's doorway.
The procession moves on towards the Synagogue.
Fade to MIRIAM and her lover, crouched by the window of her room. Fade back to
FAMULUS, as the crowd moves off after the Ark. He runs after them, then runs
back below the tower, struck by a happy thought.
TITLE: "I will be the first to bring the glad news to
He runs into the doorway. Then he runs up to the door outside MIRIAM's room
and bangs the metal ring on the wood to warn her. MIRIAM runs to press herself
against the bedroom door and listen. She holds out a hand to hush FLORIAN.
FAMULUS shouts his excitement to her on the other side of the door. She shouts
back, shaking her head.
TITLE: "I am not ready. Go ... And I will follow."
She shouts, shaking her head with her eyes closed.
FAMULUS holds onto the ring on the door. He is gay and persuasive.
TITLE: "No, I will wait and take you to the Synagogue."
He grins and leans sighing back against the room wall. FLORIAN rushes across
to speak with MIRIAM. She silences him with a hand across his mouth, but he
whispers on. The smile of FAMULUS outside the door begins to fade. Inside the
room, the lovers whisper before MIRIAM puts her hand again over FLORIAN'S
FAMULUS presses his ear against the locked door, then draws back, his eyes
Inside the room, the lovers clutch each other, knowing they are discovered.
FAMULUS is mad with jealousy. He runs off in the Rabbi's study and searches
for the Star of David. Once it is found, he bends to screw it into the lying
GOLEM'S chest. The monster rises, stiff and upright, to its feet. It sneers at
the dazed FAMULUS. As it lurches towards him, he points off with both of his
hands, and he shouts:
TITLE: "There is a stranger in there who has brought
shame upon us. Seize him!"
As FAMULUS rages, so the GOLEM'S wrath grows. It lurches forwards, making the
Rabbi's assistant cower back. Then it marches to the closed door and hammers
the wood with its fist.
Inside the room, the lovers shrink together.
The GOLEM pounds on the door.
The couple cringe.
The GOLEM looks at the assistant, who mimes the action of smashing his arms
through the wood.
The GOLEM crashes its fists straight through the door.
MIRIAM faints into her lover's arms.
The GOLEM pushes in the door as FAMULUS leans against the wall and grins. Then
the monster moves to look into the room, while the Rabbi's assistant sidles
into the doorway to watch the fun over the GOLEM'S shoulder.
FLORIAN notices something at his feet, while MIRIAM lies swooning in his arms.
The GOLEM bares his teeth while the assistant shows his own teeth with a grin.
FLORIAN leaves MIRIAM on the ground, then leans down to seize a dagger lying
on the floor among the splintered panels from the wrecked door.
He leaps at the GOLEM and stabs it. The dagger breaks in his hand, and the
monster cuffs him away.
The GOLEM lumbers over to MIRIAM and grabs her long braids.
FLORIAN pulls her away and attacks the GOLEM, which gives him a violent blow.
FAMULUS turns smiling to the girl on the ground. FLORIAN tries to escape down
the steps through the hall. But the GOLEM pursues him, blocking his escape.
FLORIAN runs up the flight of curving stairs that leads to the roof.
FAMULUS grabs MIRIAM by the arm, but she rouses herself and begins to
struggle. She breaks free and runs out, followed by her attacker.
On the top of the tower between the great stones at each corner, the tiny
figure of FLORIAN appears, running from his doom. He crouches in the corner of
the tower, the broken dagger in his hand.
The head of the ravening GOLEM appears through the small opening in the tower
roof. It is as much clay as the tiles.
FLORIAN crouches, ready to defend himself.
The GOLEM is berserk.
It stalks the knight across the tower roof.
It seizes him as he struggles.
It carries him to the edge of the drop.
It throws him over.
From beneath the tower, we see the GOLEM staring downwards.
Now we look down on the broken body of FLORIAN, who has been smashed to death
on the logs split by the monster in the shadow of the tower.
MIRIAM runs up the curving stairs to the tower roof. Behind her, the
She puts her head through the hole in the roof, then shrieks and shrinks back
against FAMULUS, who is also cowering with terror.
The girl and the assistant now run out onto the roof. The GOLEM knocks the
assistant down and seizes the girl.
It carries her down the winding stairs.
She lies fainting in the monster's arms. It lays her out on a table in the
Rabbi's study, then puts its hands on her face and looks closely at her.
Slowly the GOLEM passes a huge clay hand over MIRIAM'S throat, over her
breasts, over her hip.
It stares down, its mouth slashed in a strange smile. It looks down curious,
intent. Its eyes roll white in their sockets.
The assistant runs down the tower stairs, pauses, then runs on. MIRIAM looks
up, then faints again.
The GOLEM holds the girl's head in its hands, its face close to hers. FAMULUS
runs in, stops, reaches slowly for the Star of David on the monster's breast.
But the GOLEM puts one huge hand over the talisman.
It pushes the assistant back with its free hand, while MIRIAM stirs on the table.
It lifts a huge fist.
MIRIAM shrieks from the table.
The GOLEM rages in front of the assistant, who puts up his hands like claws in
front of his white face. Then he runs at the monster, which beats him to the
ground and seizes a burning log from the fire.
MIRIAM falls off the table in another faint.
The monster threatens FAMULUS with the burning brand, then puts the flame to
the bottom of the stairs.
One of the Rabbi's chemical jars explodes and fire licks up about the steps.
The GOLEM rages through the blazing room. It seizes MIRIAM by her braids,
drags her off.
Smoke billows out of the tower window.
The GOLEM stares at the flames. It picks up a blazing piece of wood and
brandishes it, the girl's hair still knotted in its other hand.
Fade to candles burning over JEHUDA and Löw and a third Rabbi as they pray
over their Holy Book in the Synagogue. Behind them, a host of hands reaching
up like candle flames in the darkness. Through the bowing worshipers, FAMULUS
forces his way until he is stopped. He speaks wildly, moves on.
Some old men in the Synagogue whisper and mutter.
The assistant is now speaking to his master and JEHUDA:
TITLE: "Your house is on fire. The Golem is berserk."
While FAMULUS speaks, the Rabbis bow to the altar.
The old men begin to push their way out.
The crowd now begins to jostle its way out, followed by the Rabbis.
The street outside Löw's tower is now jammed with the crowd.
Smoke pours out of the tower window.
The GOLEM stands in a fiery arch, the braids of the girl knotted round its
fist. It lurches on, dragging her behind it.
Below the tower, the crowd watches, as the roof catches ablaze.
FAMULUS runs on with Löw and JEHUDA and some of the crowd behind him. They
stop to stare at more broken bodies lying on the stairs below the fiery arch.
A raving man is caught by Löw and his assistant.
TITLE: "The demon has carried Miriam away. It is
The raving man looks up to see with the others:
White smoke pouring from the dark walls.
We look down now from the high roofs onto the packed crowd milling in the
street below. Smoke drifts through the air.
The Jews sink to their knees on the stairs, imploring their Chief Rabbi Löw.
TITLE: "Rabbi, save us, or we shall all be destroyed!"
The Rabbi nods, then climbs the steps between the people and stands framed by
the arch in front of the smoke. He bids all kneel, then goes on himself into
the inferno, his arms raised above his head.
The GOLEM is now dragging MIRIAM by the hair across a field of stones in front
of a huge wall, held up by buttresses of boulders.
Flames blaze from an arch in the burning ghetto.
Löw appears in front of his burning tower, his arms held high.
A thatched roof is ripped by flame.
The people kneel and pray between the burning buildings.
The Rabbi prays to heaven amid the clouds of smoke.
Thick smoke billows from the tower, fills the street.
The people rise and fall in their prayers.
The timbers blaze above them.
Smoke blots out the praying Jews.
The Rabbi is also lost in the smoke.
His tower falls in a pillar of fire.
The whole ghetto smokes like Gomorrah.
The Rabbi moves his arms in circles, begging his God.
The GOLEM drags MIRIAM over to a smooth rock in front of a ridged wall. It
lays her out on this sacrificial altar.
It bends over her, then looks about itself wildly, then bends to look at the
girl again. She does not move. It does not understand. It shakes its head,
The Rabbi finishes his prayers, then leaves through a dark arch in front of
the pointed roofs of the town.
MIRIAM opens her eyes weakly, then faints again on her rock.
High on the ridged wall, Löw appears. He looks down and sees MIRIAM. He runs
down some curving steps and embraces her. He pulls her up to him, strokes her
The people rise and fall in prayer, as JEHUDA and other Jews move through the
crowd, embracing each other, joyful. JEHUDA speaks:
TITLE: "Let us show our gratitude to the great Rabbi Löw."
Led by the Rabbis, the crowd moves between the high walls, shouting and
Fade to Löw and MIRIAM on the stone, as FAMULUS comes up to them.
TITLE: "Rabbi Löw, the people have come to thank you
for saving them."
The Rabbi rises and takes his leave, while the assistant sits by the girl and
takes her hand. As she looks away in shame, he speaks:
TITLE: "The Rabbi's tower has fallen and the stranger
is buried in its ruins. No one knows nor
suspects. I shall be silent for ever. Will you
MIRIAM turns and buries her head in the assistant's neck.
By the great city gates, the GOLEM appears. It stares from side to side, then
moves on. It stops by the gates to look through a small window. It sees
outside the walls:
Pretty children in wispy dresses playing in the sun. One lifts another up to
put flowers on the top of a statue of a child on a column. Now the children
dance in a circle outside the great gates.
The GOLEM pushes at the gates.
The children stop their play to watch and listen.
The GOLEM strains at the gates. The beam holding the doors together breaks in
two. The monster opens the gates in the bright sunlight outside the ghetto.
The children are frightened. They turn and run away, their dresses floating,
flowers in their hair.
One small child stays where it is, and bursts into tears.
Slowly the GOLEM comes out of the gate. The monster stares and smiles gently.
A small girl sits on the ground, looking curiously back. She has one shoulder
The GOLEM lumbers over to stand in front of the little girl, who rises to look
at the monster. She offers it an apple.
The GOLEM picks her up, holds her against its chest.
The little girl puts the apple into the GOLEM'S mouth. It smiles and looks
around. She drops the apple, plays with the Star of David on the monster's
Easily, simply, her fingers take out the Star, drop it on the ground.
The GOLEM lets the little girl fall, rocks, crashes down.
The little girl stands at the feet of the lifeless monster. She jumps over its
huge shoes of clay and runs to its clay head. She waves to the other children,
then runs off.
Fade to the crowd, pressing forwards to see Rabbi Löw with the wizard's hats
of the pointed ghetto roofs askew behind. Löw raises his head from the
blessing of the old Rabbi JEHUDA, then asks the question all wish to ask.
TITLE: "But where is the Golem?"
The crowd begins to split up to start the search.
The little girl leads on the other children to play with the fallen GOLEM.
They swarm all over the huge body of the monster, poking it, feeling the clay.
The little girl shows them the Star of David.
The talisman is passed through the children's hands.
Then the Star is tossed in the air, thrown away, lost.
Inside the ghetto, the watchman rushes up to Rabbi Löw.
TITLE: "The gate has been broken open! The Golem is by
He leads Löw and the crowd off.
The children now sit on the GOLEM'S body in rows. Their hands are full of
flowers; flowery its body.
Now from the gate of the city, the Rabbi and the dark crowd come. The children
rise and run away from the monster, while Löw and the Jews surround the fallen
GOLEM in a half-circle of black figures. Löw raises his hands and face yet
again to God.
TITLE: "Praise Jehovah, for He has shown His love for
His people three times today."
Löw drops his hands and the crowd kneels in the half-circle and all along the
line of people stretching back to the great gates of the city. The Rabbi
motions some men to rise.
Ten of them pick up the GOLEM. Its body is stiff and heavy as clay. They carry
it back towards the gates.
From outside the curving walls of the medieval city, we see the body of the
GOLEM carried in below the watch tower. The gates close on the procession. On
the black walls a white clay Star of David appears, and then it becomes a
white star in the darkness of the heavens.