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      Golem

      1980 1h 32m Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 86% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In the future humankind is controlled by technology and doctors to improve the human race. One of the creations is suspected of being a normal human being, a reverse golem. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Kafkaesque claustrophobia meets surrealism in a sci-fi retelling of a classic story!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Piotr Szulkin's first feature Golem, is a sepia soaked look into a future where nuclear war has ravaged mankind forcing scientists to carry out a program where they "improve" on the human race using technological advancements. Our main character is one of these technologically improved human beings, known as a Pernat. The film has a very claustrophobic almost having kafka-esque feel, as we follow this Pernat around. It's loaded with surrealism, black humor, social commentary and lots of absurdity. As he comes into contact with normal human's it begins to become clear that this Pernat is more human than the actual humans. He shows signs of kindness and decency when no one else does, much to the dismay of the scientists which created him. The film is commentary on the need for individual in society and how this group-think mentality leads to the destruction of pretty much everything that makes us human. It makes sense that this was Szulkin's first feature because it's loaded with interesting imagery and commentary but it's not nearly as fluid as the other film of his I have seen: 'O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization ". I think Szulkin was still making the transition to a more narrative focused story structure but it still has a lot of things going for it and features some homages to films like Brazil, Citizen Kane, and The Trial, among others. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Released during a period of totalitarian thaw, it's easy to dismiss Piotr Szulkin's Golem as just another political allegory, describing the harsh conditions during Polish Stalinism. But Szulkin's redux of Meyrink's classic original novel has more to offer and remains poignant even today in it's critique of corporate control and science gone wild. Making the golem itself oblivious to it's own condition only intensifies the eerie, Kafkaesque paranoia and terror experienced by the viewer. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In the future humankind is controlled by technology and doctors to improve the human race. One of the creations is suspected of being a normal human being, a reverse golem.
      Director
      Piotr Szulkin
      Screenwriter
      Piotr Szulkin, Tadeusz Sobolewski
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      Polish
      Runtime
      1h 32m