The Golem (w/ live score by Jacaszek!)

Co-presented by the STANLEY FILM FEST. A 4-day horror celebration at the hotel that inspired The Shining. Come play with us.

After the show, stay for our absinthe bar on the back patio! A stark nightmare of technical imagery, exemplar of German expressionism, and a classic of the silent horror genre, The Golem is a gold standard onto which musicians of all eras have projected their deepest, darkest aural fantasies. Tonight’s live score by visiting Polish experimental wizard Jacaszek promises to be one of the most lush and terrifying of all. For the past decade, he’s painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, as part of a new, resolutely modern chapter in classical music. These decaying samples, bursts of jagged melody and waking sci-fi dreamstates are a rapturous compliment to The Golem, as Jacasezk’s Eastern European sensibilities align perfectly with the film’s depiction of Prague in peril. Played by writer/director Paul Wegener, the astounding titular monster is molded from clay and brought to life by the Hebrew incantations of a rabbi wishing to defend a Jewish ghetto facing exile. The Golem displays comically literal obedience to the rabbi’s orders, successfully intimidating the aristocracy — but what will become of Prague now that a Golem lives within the city walls?
Dir. Paul Wegener, 1920, digital presentation, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Golem”, w/ live score by Jacaszek!