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THE GOLEM: 1921 Silent Film with Live Music by Yoshie Fruchter

  • Congregation Kol Israel 603 Saint Johns Place Brooklyn, NY, 11238 United States (map)

"The Golem: How He Came into the World" (German: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, also referred to as The Golem) is a 1920 silent horror film co-directed by and starring Paul Wegener. The picture was directed by Carl Boese and Wegener, written by Wegener and Henrik Galeen, and stars Wegener as the golem. The New York Times in their 1921 review on the film praised the film's "exceptional acting" and "expressive settings". Film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 1/2 out of a possible 4 stars, calling it "[a] Chilling, visually dazzling story of the supernatural, based on a famous Jewish folktale of the 16th century" and "[A] classic of German Expressionist cinema". (

Accompanying the film with a live score will be Yoshie Fruchter. Yoshie is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player Magazine and many more.  The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music.  He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others.  He recently released an album on the new Jewish record label Blue Thread Music of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia.

Yoshie is also a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and Frank London, among many others.

Earlier Event: October 21
GOLEM in Brooklyn
Later Event: November 30
"The Last Laugh" Film Screening