Boris karloff in frankenstein (1931), dir james whale the film was a hit and the studio quickly produced a sequel, bride of frankenstein (1935) , in which victor creates a female companion for his creature. Hell's angels is a 1930 pre-code independently made american epic aviation war film, directed and produced by howard hughes, that stars ben lyon, james hall, and jean harlow the film, which was written by harry behn and howard estabrook, was released by united artists. Frankenstein meets the wolf man, released in 1943, is an american monster horror film produced by universal studios starring lon chaney, jr as the wolf man and bela lugosi as frankenstein's monster this was the first of a series of ensemble monster films combining characters from several film series. James whale's initial refusal to do a sequel to his immensely popular frankenstein (1931) eventually faltered when he discovered a strategy for creating a commercially viable product that would also — in subtext — subvert existing mores. The wildest and most audacious of james whale's 1930s horror movies, the bride of frankenstein is in nearly all ways superior to whale's original frankenstein four years earlier.
Frankenstein/the bride of frankenstein (james whale, 1931/35) we belong dead [this post is the flying maciste brothers response (tardy as usual) to frankenseinia's boris karloff blog-a-thon that had raised karloff's immortal mug high on the internet image-meter this past november. [to paul robeson, upon hearing and seeing the ol' man river sequence in whale's 1936 film show boat (1936)] the spine-chilling effect of that one song was something i shall never forget [on frankenstein (1931)] that queer, penetrating personality of [boris karloff]'s was more important than his shape, which could be easily altered. Turning to the films, poindexter suggests that in james whale's frankenstein (1931) andbride of frankenstein (1935) the creature can be interpreted as representing a soldier in the first world war who has been forced to fight in a struggle far beyond his control or comprehension.
Jess franco took an international approach to his horror 1925) and james whale's frankenstein (1931) on edgar neville's la torre de los siete jorobados was described by one reviewer as 'spielbergized' and horror film more widely. Ian mckellen is superb as james whale, the man behind the celluloid frankenstein departing from that point, everything works we're taken by the hand of this elderly celebrity in a world - and a town -that worships celebrity the town also worships youth and box office grosses for whale, youth and. Director: james whale writers: john l balderston (based upon the composition by), mary shelley (from the novel by), and 6 more credits » stars: colin clive, mae clarke and boris karloff. Stylistically, james whale's frankenstein shows many influences of german expressionism, particularly of films like das kabinett des dr caligari and metropolis frankenstein's tower and his laboratory often look as if they were taken directly out of a nightmare. In terms of technique, james whale's frankenstein (1931) is sometimes crude its canvas night skies droop a microphone throws a shadow across the scene at the dungeon door where frankenstein and waldman prepare to ambush the monster.
The creation sequence and frankenstein's assistant, named fritz in this version, were not in the original novel but additions to the story from these first staged productions. December 5, 1931, page the new york times archives out of john l balderston's stage conception of the mary shelley classic, frankenstein, james whale, producer of journey's end as a play and. At the insistence of james whale, boris karloff actually carried colin clive in these shots, which were filmed for hours over several days the 41-year-old karloff had physical difficulties due to moving in the padding, the back brace that was part of the costume, make-up and 13 pound lifted boots. 18 this aesthetics is famously on display in universal monster movies from the thirties, with shallow and symbolic background a good example would be frankenstein's monster wandering in a graveyard under a blind angel statue in james whales's bride of frankenstein, with cinematographer john mescall though there is a distinction between. Many a film historian will tell you the iconic walk of frankenstein's monster in james whale's 1931 film adaptation—the standard by which all later frankensteins would be judged—was.
The opening sequence in the graveyard has not lost its expressionist power, starting with a setting that could never be mistaken for a real place situated on a sloping hillside, the gravestones, crosses, and even mourners stand at unnatural, opposing angles to the ground and each other. Frankenstein is a 1931 horror film directed by james whale, based very loosely on mary shelley's classic novel of the same name one of the most iconic universal horror productions, it also immortalized boris karloff as the frankenstein's monster. But none of the above took away from my enjoyment of james whale's rightly considered classic film the tacked on introduction scene and the obligatory happy ending are indeed laughable when one thinks of what is horrific in this day and age, but i was hooked from the surreal credit sequence on. The opening sequences of james whale's 1931 frankenstein and the opening sequences of the 1994 film mary shelley's frankenstein mary shelley, creator and author of frankenstein.
The film's greatness stems less from its script than from the stark but moody atmosphere created by director james whale herman rosse's memorable set designs, particularly the fantastic. The universal classics of the period 1931 to 1941 were often based upon theatrical rewritings of dracula and frankenstein, rewritings which stripped out extraneous action or characters, a tradition that is clearly seen in the hammer films of the 1950s to 1960s, which were essentially victorian melodramas loosely based upon literary monsters. James whale, director: frankenstein james whale was an english film director, theatre director and actor he is best remembered for his four classic horror films: frankenstein (1931), the old dark house (1932), the invisible man (1933) and bride of frankenstein (1935. The 1931 screen adaptation of frankenstein begins on a formal note, with character actor edward van sloan emerging from behind a curtain to deliver a brief caution on behalf of the film's producer before the opening credits.