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Frankenstein (1931)

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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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21 November 1931 (USA)  »

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El doctor Frankenstein  »

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$291,000 (estimated)

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$12,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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In rejecting the role of the monster in 'Frankenstein' - a decision he came to deeply regret - Bela Lugosi reportedly claimed the he was a star in his own country, and did not come to America "to be a scarecrow." See more »

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When the monster is injected and finally falls to the floor, he passes out on his back. When the pick him up to drag him back into his cell, he is face-down. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Down! Down, you fool!
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Still quality stuff
23 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

A brilliant young scientist creates life from the dead but lives to regret it when his creation goes on the rampage.

Though inevitably dated and primitive by modern standards, Frankenstein remains a tremendously impressive film and a tribute to its still somewhat under-rated director, the eccentric Englishman James Whale.

Where so many early talkies were static and wordy, Frankenstein skips unnecessary dialogue and exposition and drives through its plot at a speed that seems almost indecent nowadays. Compared to overblown remakes like Kenneth Branagh's 1994 version, Whale's work now seems like a masterpiece of brevity and minimalism. His constantly moving camera, incisive editing and dramatic use of close-ups are a mile ahead of anything far more prestigious directors were doing at the time. Expressionist photography and eccentric set designs lend atmosphere, menace and help augment some rather ripe performances; a foretaste of the paths Whale would tread in the sequel Bride of Frankenstein four years later.

And then of course there's Karloff. With comparatively few scenes and no dialogue he nonetheless manages to create a complex, intimidating, yet sympathetic creature - one of the great mimes in talking cinema and thanks in no small degree to the freedom given to him under Jack Pierce's iconic make-up.

A historic piece of cinema, and one that still stands the test of time as both art and entertainment.


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