DER GOLEM - WIE
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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 heaven....
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
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 Ghetto."
As the EMPEROR smiles in front of his attendants, FLORIAN takes
the satchel and turns to leave, smiling his satisfaction at his
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
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
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 together.
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
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 below.
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
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
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 drinksout 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 the trapdoor.
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 his
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 trapdoor.
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
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
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
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 German text:
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 planets.
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
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 light.
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
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
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
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 assistant.
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
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 we need."
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
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 the EMPEROR.
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
In the EMPEROR'S hall, two rows of men with
torches, two rows of girls in bright dresses dance and whirl to
Above them, six musicians puff and blow wind instruments from a
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 me, Florian.
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
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
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
As the Rabbi and the EMPEROR move away, girls surround the GOLEM
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 horror.
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
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 hush her.
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
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
The courtiers panic, fight, choke in the
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
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
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
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 the city."
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 ablaze.
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.
GOLEM'S face convulses with fury, its teeth bared. The Rabbi cowers
at the table.
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
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
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 their revenge."
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
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 about them.
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 Miriam."
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 mouth.
FAMULUS presses his ear against the locked door, then draws back,
his eyes wild.
Inside the room, the lovers clutch each other, knowing they are
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
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
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,
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
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
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
The assistant is now speaking to his master
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
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 destroying everything."
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 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
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
Thick smoke billows from the tower, fills
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
The GOLEM drags MIRIAM over to a smooth
rock in front of a ridged wall. It lays her out on this sacrificial
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, lumbers away.
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 face.
The people rise and fall in prayer, as JEHUDA
and other Jews move through the crowd, embracing each other, joyful.
TITLE: "Let us show our gratitude
to the great Rabbi Löw."
Led by the Rabbis, the crowd moves between the high walls, shouting
Fade to Löw and MIRIAM on the stone, as FAMULUS comes up to
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
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
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 bare.
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
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 chest.
Easily, simply, her fingers take out the
Star, drop it on the ground.
The GOLEM lets the little girl fall, rocks,
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
Then the Star is tossed in the air, thrown
Inside the ghetto, the watchman rushes up
to Rabbi Löw.
TITLE: "The gate has been
broken open! The Golem is by there!"
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