The legend of the Golem — a person made from clay and brought to life through kabbalistic magic in 16th century Prague to protect the Jewish community from pogroms — is one of the most enduring stories in Jewish mythology. The 1920 silent film The Golem: How He Came into the World, directed by Paul Wegener and Carl Boese, is considered the definitive version of this amazing tale. Legendary guitarist Gary Lucas‘s original solo guitar score of The Golem has been considered a classic since it debuted in 1989 with co-composer and keyboardist Water Horn at the BAM Next Wave Festival.

Watch the film, with Lucas’s live guitar score. Then Annette Insdorf, one of the foremost film historians in the U.S., will join Lucas for a discussion about his score of the film and The Golem’s place in cinematic history.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Gary Lucas is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, an international recoding artist, and a soundtrack composer for film and television. The former Captain Beefheart guitarist has recorded over 50 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres — jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues, avant-garde, and world music — and has performed in over 40 countries. Gary has received several Lifetime Achievement awards for his songwriting with Jeff Buckley (he co-wrote Jeff’s anthems “Grace” and “Mojo Pin”) and many other honors, including performing solo before the General Assembly of the UN to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Considered one of the greatest living guitarists, Gary has performed and collaborated with musical luminaries Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Nick Cave, among many others.
Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92Y, where she has interviewed almost 300 film celebrities. She is author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double LivesSecond Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof KieslowskiFrancis Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.