Friday, August 24, 2007

Genre Movie Friday!

OK, so I'm going to start doing something a little different than I've been doing here on the Random Acts! Rather than doing one genre movie post, one comics cover post, one classic collectibles post, and one comics ad post each day, I'm going to instead decide -- at random -- to post a couple of items from those categories per day... and some days, I'll plug in a YouTube video that I think might be of interest (like I did the day before), or perhaps I'll go on a rant or something.

I mean, this is supposed to be Random Acts of Geekery, after all... so it'll be Random!

Today's post is concerning the Bride of Frankenstein! Of course, I've been posting a few photos from that classic for a few days now, but I still have more!

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The Monster is captured by villagers!

The Bride of Frankenstein is one of those true cinema rarities -- a sequel that's arguably better than the original! As much as I love Frankenstein, I have to admit that Bride is a better constructed, better acted, and better written production all the way around...

...so long as you completely ignore the beginning of the film, which introduces the story as Lord Byron and Mary Shelley and others talk about the end of the first movie (which, of course, takes place long after these people have passed on!), and Mary being asked what happens next! And so she begins her tale, and we go on to the movie proper.

One nice touch here, though, is that Elsa Lanchester plays Mary Shelley, as well as the Bride!

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The Monster takes a Bride?

Every actor is at their best in this sequel, especially Karloff and the brilliant Ernest Thesiger as Dr. Pretorius, who practically steals the movie (Colin Clive, reprising his role as Dr. Frankenstein, is pretty much upstaged by Thesiger... indeed, pretty much everyone is except Karloff!). It's amazing, really, how much James Whale (who also directed the first movie) got away with here... Thesiger's obviously a homosexual, and has deviant interests, too (note that I'm not implying that homosexuality is deviant!). I can only imagine the censors were being particularly dense when they watched the film... or maybe there was even wilder stuff that was cut before the theatrical release!

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Dr. Frankenstein, the Bride, the Monster, and Dr. Pretorius

It's interesting that Young Frankenstein has a lot of tributes to Bride in it, maybe even more than it has to the original Frankenstein! For example, the scene with with blind man in his hut is a complete homage/parody of a similar sequence in Bride. And of course, later on in YF, Madeline Kahn does her hair up in Bride fashion, and even does the hiss!

The only other theatrical appearance of the Bride was in Mad Monster Party, and then she was portrayed (as the other monsters and characters were) in stop motion animation... and voiced by Phyllis Diller!

But I digress. And this is probably as good a place as any to end this post!

Jon

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