Der Golem! February 23, 2009Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, music.
Here’s something I found interesting on a number of levels.
Firstly, it’s a 1920 black and white film of epic import, directed by Paul Wegener, and representing the pinnacle of German expressionist film making of the day. The plot is something of a Frankenstein’s monster scenario and involves the persecution of the Jews in 16th century Prague, with Rabbi Loew creating a Golem out of clay to protect His people. Predictably, the Golem runs amok, wreaking havoc on his creator, until he is subdued by a little girl.
Photographically, this film is amazing for both what it shows and what it implies, the latter being a hallmark of late-silent-era black and white films and a skill set largely lost in today’s cinematic world.
Secondly, every bit of the sound you’ll hear in this clip was created live on stage in a single take by the amazing Gary Lucas, one of my all-time favorite guitar players. He honed this piece and took it on tour with the film, earning kudos from critics and guitar monsters alike, and deservedly so; it’s almost incomprehensible that this is a live solo performance.
Anyway, here’s a five minute excerpt (the beginning) of the silent classic, Der Golum, with live accompaniment by Gary Lucas:
But really, it’s for serious guitar afficionados, so don’t feel obliged to check it out if that’s not your thing.