Artist Projects

Psalm III: Night of the Meek

Philip Solomon

Psalm III: Night of the Meek is a short, 16mm sound film, a highly personal interpretation of the Jewish legend of The Golem. This film is essentially a moving painting, an experimental film with a photochemically charged, dynamic surface. Psalm III: Night of the Meek combines, through a variety of optical printing techniques, documentary archival footage, key images from the original fiction film of The Golem (a classic German expressionistic film by Paul Wegener, 1920), and Solomon’s cinematography to evoke the legendary tale of Rabbi Loew’s monster created out of clay in order to save the Jewish population of the 16th century Prague ghetto from a pogrom. The figure of the Golem (a predecessor of Shelly’s Frankenstein monster) is used as a symbolic figure of the embodied resistance of people under siege.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Psalm III: Night of the Meek screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2002: Psalm III: Night of the Meek is presented in Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival