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The Golem


Image courtesy Kino International

The Golem
Ages 12 and up
Live music by David Krakauer and the Carpe Diem String Quartet Paul Wegener & Carl Boese, 1920, Germany

Zoom: Family Film Festival

Zoom continues for its 11th year with a fantastic assortment of acclaimed movies and entertaining events for all ages. One mission of Zoom has been to provide diverse and engrossing stories from around the world to central Ohio families. This year’s lineup is our most international yet with a film from each continent—a Zoom first! In addition to the great films, kids and families can enjoy fun and free activities together on Saturday, December 6, with our morning cereal and pajama party, hands-on crafts, and an ice cream social in the afternoon.

Sat, Dec 6, 2008 7:30 PM

Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew tale of the Golem sees a rabbi create a giant warrior sculpted of clay and intended to protect his people.

This silent version of the tale is one of the earliest and most influential horror films, and it remains spooky and thrilling over 80 years after it was made. The Golem is hauntingly played by the film's codirector, Paul Wegener, as seemingly indestructible and capable of both great heroism, and (if guided by the wrong people), extreme violence and destruction.

Accompanying the film for this remarkable one-time-only screening are the internationally acclaimed klezmer clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer and the innovative Carpe Diem String Quartet, performing an original score written by Israeli composer Betty Olivero. (91 mins., video)

Tickets for The Golem are specially priced and not part of the Zoom: Family Film Festival package discounts.

Copresented by Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Lenore Schottenstein Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Mr. Krakauer is exclusively represented by Bernstein Artists, Inc. (

Need a Break (before the film)?
Don't forget to visit the Wexner Center Store, for toys, gifts, and books for all ages.

The 2008 festival was organized by Chris Stults, assistant curator of film/video, and Dionne Custer, educator for school programs. If you would like to discuss the specifics of any film before viewing it with your child, please call Dionne Custer at (614) 292-7008.

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