A Night at the Movies: Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Presented by Theo Siegel, writer, researcher, and television professional who has worked for E! Entertainment, CBS, and the History Channel
Get spooked on Thursdays in October when A Night at the Movies presents classic Halloween thrillers in our state-of-the-art Norma Kershaw Auditorium. A Night at the Movies presents classic films from the 1930s to the 1970s, with engaging discussions led by film expert Theo Siegel. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes and learn why some films broke the box office while others brought in frighteningly low numbers.

Frankenstein (1931, 71 min): Based on the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, the 1931 film kick-started the “monster movies” that Universal would be known for in the 30s and 40s. The term “Horror”, which would later be used to refer to this genre of film, would not come into use until 1934. James Whale was brought over from England to direct his first Hollywood production and cast 40 year old actor Boris Karloff as the monster when he saw him in the Universal commissary. Make-up artist Jack Pierce designed the creature’s look, which would take five hours to complete. The look of the monster became so iconic that it is now copyrighted by Universal Studios. When audiences saw Karloff in full make-up on screen, they fainted in the aisles. The film was the number one grossing film of the year and spawned five sequels for the studio. Learn about these interesting facts and many more from "the movie guy" as we talk about Frankenstein starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke and Boris Karloff, and then show the film.

Bride of Frankenstein (1935, 75 min): The 1935 sequel to Frankenstein is considered one of the greatest sequels in film history. Returning for the film were director James Whale, Colin Clive and once again, Boris Karloff as the monster, with Elsa Lancaster in a dual role as Mary Shelley and the monster’s mate. The monster finally speaks in this film, much to Karloff’s strong objections, and trailers heavily promoted that “the monster talks!” Realizing that he could not top his original film, Whale decided to make the film a memorable “hoot!” And with the addition of the character of Dr. Pretorious and the creature’s mate he succeeded. Franz Waxman composed the score to the film using themes for the monster, the monster’s mate and one for Dr. Pretorious. Make-up artist Jack Pierce returned for the follow up film and modified the monster’s make-up and created, with strong input form Whale, the bride’s iconic hairstyle based on Nefertiti. Learn about these interesting facts and many more from "the movie guy" as we talk about Bride of Frankenstein starring Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger and Elsa Lancaster and then show the film.
Doors open at 5:30 PM; film discussion at 6 PM; screening at 6:30 PM

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October 24, 2019 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm