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  DVDFILE.COM: Frankenstein (1931) review
Frankenstein and Waldman subdue the frantic Monster with a hypodermic anesthetic and decide that it must be put to death.
Despite his having made eighty films prior to Frankenstein, this notable classic is credited with launching Boris Karloff's career, an actor often described as a gentleman and a gentle man. He would forever be associated with the horror genre, apparently grateful for the work.
The film is in fl and white, of course, and the contrast and brightness are fine.
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 Frankenstein (1931 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Frankenstein is a 1931 horror film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and very loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Visually, the film was heavily influenced by the German expressionist films of the 1920s.
This film was banned in Kansas for its portrayal of cruelty.
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 Movie Scientists: Beyond Their Time
The fleshed-out characters in the 1931 film (which was also partially based on the 1927 Frankenstein play by John Balderson) became the touchstone for future adaptations of the story, as well as the inspiration for many of the movie clich├ęs associated with the "mad scientist" genre.
In the 1931 film, Dr. Henry [Victor in the novel] Frankenstein (Colin Clive) is a brilliant scientist who believes that he can reanimate a dead body by use of an electrical spark of life.
It predicts a bad end to Frankenstein's biogenetic research and became a stock situation for all subsequent films in which a scientist is seeking a new and revolutionary development: a seemingly insignificant mistake or unexpected turn of events will always thwart the best-laid plans.
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 Classic-Horror Review of Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenstein (or, more accurately, Frankenstein's Monster) may have started out as a character in a book, but it was in James Whale's 1931 classic (and very loose) adaptation that he achieved cultural godhood - and it's not hard to see why.
After an oft-imitated introduction where the audience is warned of the horrific nature of the film, we open on a graveyard, more specifically a funeral.
Nearly the entire film is first-rate, from the lab sequences, to the girl by the pond, to the fiery climax; everything is as it should be.
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 Movie Monsters - Frankenstein
Monster movie fans had a double treat in 1931 with the release of Frankenstein and Dracula, two classic anti-heroes of gothic literature and two figures that would always remain classic monsters.
The filming of Frankenstein is also rather ingenious, the use of fade shots to signify the end of 'chapters' is a clever ruse.
Frankenstein is arguably the very best version of the tale, although the 1994 version was impressive it doesn't leave its mark in the same way the original does.
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 Frankenstein: Classic Monster Collection (1931)
Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with the life and death by creating a human monster (Karloff) out of lifeless body parts.
Few films have permeated the public consciousness as completely as 1931's Frankenstein and its 1935 sequel The Bride of Frankenstein.
Both films clearly show some age, since film styles have changed so much over the intervening decades, but I found both to be very entertaining and effective.
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 Frankenstein (1931)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The film's most famous scene is the one in which Frankenstein befriends a young girl named Maria at a lake's edge, and mistakenly throws her into the water (and drowns her) along with other flowers.
Frankenstein pats the coffin with his ear close to it, murmuring that there will be a resurrection: "He's just resting - waiting for a new life to come." They haul the heavy coffin back with them on a cart as the moon rises.
Frankenstein hopes to use the victim's brain in his experimental attempt to assemble a new human life form, but the body falls to the ground.
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 The Frankenstein Myth in film, theater and comics
It is a spoof of a scene from the classic 1931 film version, in which the little girl demands "Twix" from the Monster instead of sharing flowers with it.
The main focus will be on the most important film adaptations because due to their wide reach they had the longest-lasting impact on the image of Frankenstein.
Kenneth Branagh's film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein takes a few liberties with the plot of the novel, but is a movie made in the spirit of Mary Shelley.
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 Film Series in conjunction with "FRANKENSTEIN: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" (A traveling exhibit coming to the ...
Frankenstein and his assistant steal bodies from graves to assemble a "man" sparked into life with electricity.
This film picks up where the 1931 film left off, with the injured Dr. Frankenstein at his castle recovering, the monster wandering and wrecking havoc in search of friendship.
Baron Victor Frankenstein, in prison for murder and trying to evade the guillotine, tells a priest how he and his mentor performed many experiments, eventually leading to the resurrection of a dead body.
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 Science Fiction on Film
This is the first great sound picture in the field and the first film to show a utopian future that includes the promise of space flight.
This film is also famous for the line of dialogue "Gort, Klaatu barrada nicto," the first alien language on film.
Due to the huge success of this film, the market for and interest in science fiction as film and as literature skyrocketed into the stratosphere again, rejuvenating and expanding the entire field.
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 Basil Rathbone: Master of Stage and Screen - Son of Frankenstein
Boris Karloff played the monster for the third and last time; he had played the role twice before; in the 1931 film "Frankenstein" and in the 1935 film "Bride of Frankenstein." Bela Lugosi played the mad shepherd Ygor very effectively, and Rathbone played Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, son of the monster's creator.
It's not necessary to see "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein" to enjoy "Son of Frankenstein." Events from the first two films which are essential to understanding what's happening in this film are explained.
While they are arguing, the monster takes Dr. Frankenstein's young son, and both Frankenstein and Inspector Krogh rush to the laboratory to save the boy.
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 Frankenstein (1931) - Film Talk
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Either the scientist is a mad villain and the monster is an innocent, or the scientist is a pitiful, regretful man and the monster is--just that.
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The first Frankenstein film was produced by Thomas Edison in 1910.
The Hollywood film Frankenstein (1931), with Boris Karloff as the monster, was based as much on The Golem as on Shelley's novel.
This film was a great success and was followed by dozens of variations on the Frankenstein story in films such as Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Frankenstein Conquers the World (1969), a Japanese-made version.
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 Frankenstein, 1931   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This, the most famous film version of the novel,stars Boris Karloff as the Monster and Colin Clive as Henry Frankenstein [sic], with Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles, Dwight Frye (Frankenstein's hunchback assistant, Fritz), and Edward Van Sloan.
The film's budget was $262,000, of which $10,000 was spent on special effects -- an exorbitant amount at the time.
Universal in fact filmed two endings, and in the end chose to release the one with the happy conclusion.
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 AudioRevolution.com DVD Review of Frankenstein
Very strong stuff for 1931, it ran into censor problems upon its initial release, and when reissued in the mid-30s, several scenes were cut and discarded altogether.
The narration is by film historian Rudy Behlmer, and while there are a few odd glitches (the repetition of a few sentences, for example), it's rich with information about Mary Shelley's original novel, the stage adaptations, and the making of this movie.
The dialog is eloquent, particularly in a speech evidently written by director James Whale, and while the film is unquestionably dated, it is also unquestionably a classic, one of the best horror films ever made.
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 DVD Verdict Review - Frankenstein
This film is more than just such an exposition, however; it really symbolizes the question of life and death, and man's place in creation.
Frankenstein by this time had collapsed from nervous strain and exhaustion, and was at home away from his laboratory, with his fiancé Elizabeth, played by Mae Clarke.
This film is almost 70 years old, and it is amazing they were able to restore it to look as nice as it does.
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 Amazon.com: Frankenstein: DVD: Colin Clive,Mae Clarke,John Boles,Boris Karloff,Edward Van Sloan,Frederick Kerr,Dwight ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The first two Frankenstein films are nothing short of brilliant (although I still regret that they did not truly recreate the monster of Mary Shelley's imaginative vision), with the sequel, Bride of Frankenstein, actually going one better than the original.
The film is most significant for being Karloff's last performance in the role he made his own, as the great horror actor wisely wished to have no part in the now-inevitable dumbing-down of the monster.
The sound of the Frankenstein monster's footsteps coming down the hall before his entrance, the thumping of the dirt being thrown atop the coffin in the opening sequence, all would be lost had they been interpolated in a musical score.
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 The Flick Filosopher | Frankenstein (1931)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Interestingly, though the film downplays the female contribution to its own creative process by identifying the author of the source material only through her husband -- watch for the credit that reads "From the novel by Mrs.
His father, Baron Frankenstein (Frederick Kerr), thinks another woman is to blame for his son's suddenly lack of interest in his fiancee, and in a way, the baron is right: it is a kind of sex that's distracting Henry.
Whale's Frankenstein is a monster movie with a twist: the monsters are the supposedly normal humans, and the putative monster is a misunderstood and tormented creature.
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 Monstervision proudly presents Frankenstein 1931
Frankenstein opens on an eerie, atmospheric note at a hillside funeral that looks like a set piece for the German Expressionist film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1919).
And Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula was so memorable and successful in that film he was initially cast to play the Monster in "Frankenstein." Lugosi, however, was said to be outraged by the prospect of playing such a one-dimensional half-wit, preferring the role of Dr. Frankenstein.
Karloff called the Monster his favorite film role and film history has tended to agree with him -- the actor was identified with the part until the day he died.
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 DVD Times - Frankenstein   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Frankenstein is cunningly paced and suspenseful with every scene carefully adding to the visual and emotional impact of the whole.
You have to consider these films in the context of their production to understand exactly what made them so significant to the development of the genre and the industry.
What is fascinating about Universal’s series of horror films is the clear placing of sympathy with the Other - even though convention and censorship usually demanded that the Other be destroyed at the end of the film, often by a baying band of simple-minded village folk eager for a lynching.
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 Frankenstein (1931) - Channel 4 Film review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
There's no doubting that both his homosexuality and his experiences of fighting and being a POW in World War I contributed to Whale's interpretation of the story.
But the film was also shaped by the director's background in English theatre, where he'd worked as an actor, set designer and director before heading to Hollywood in 1930.
The character of the film is defined by the effective two-hander of expressionist-influenced sets (designed by Herman Rosse), atmospherically, moodily shot, and an English thespianism imported through Karloff and, most overtly, the camp Clive.
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 frankenstein 1931 - films   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
On Saturday October 21st, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. The Indy Film Co-op will be sponsoring a screening of James Whale's classic horror film "Frankenstein".
The film showing will be at The Johnson County Museum, 135 North Main Street Franklin, Indiana 46131.
The evening will also feature an overview of the film and its impact presented by filmmaker and self confessed Frankenstein addict Steve "Papaw" Pyatte.
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The budget for this film was a miniscule £70,000, but that was not the only constraint under which the Curse team laboured.
For the first time in horror film history, the monstrous acts portrayed onscreen were actually shown, in full colour.
The studio released films at an astounding rate, including 4 more vampire films in the 1960's, and an astonishing 11 vampire films in the 1970's.
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 Show Business Weekly: Review: Film: Spirit of a Beehive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
resented in conjunction with Film Forum’s festival celebrating legendary horror icon Boris Karloff, "Spirit of a Beehive" is the story of a fractious family that changes when the film 1931 film "Frankenstein" comes to their remote Spanish village in 1940, one year after the end of the country’s Civil War.
While Ana is haunted by these fantastic nightmares, Isabel begins to fear the reality of growing older and facing the equally horrific and terrifying world around her.
Each character is both a mad doctor and a creation, and each of these interior narratives holds them captive and separates them from the comfort their family members could bring.
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 Frankenstein (1931)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Trivia: The film was banned in Kansas upon its original release on the grounds that it exhibited "cruelty and tended to debase morals".
The good Doctor Frankenstein's castle is twisted and distorted and seems to be not of this world.
The flower-toss scene with the little girl was so controversial at the time of the film's release, it was cut from many versions.
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