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- 2009.Jul.12 / 4pm
Frankenstein (1931)by: Tysto.Commentaries • tags: 1930s • feature • Frankenstein • free • Universal.monsters • directed by: James.Whale • stars: Boris.Karloff • Colin.Clive
From Tysto commentaries:
It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s the horror super-classic that introduced the world to Frankenstein’s monster as we know it today. I compare it (sort of) to the novel and (sort of) to Young Frankenstein, as well as to Dracula, which I’ve also done a commentary for.
I give a lot of background and talk about the economy of story-telling that lasts until the film slows to a crawl with talky drawing room scenes. I sympathize with Fritz and then blame him for the whole tragedy. I sympathize with the monster and explain that I want my misunderstood monsters to act with criminal negligence. I point out plot holes, such as how a brain in a jar could be better than the brain of a fresh corpse with a broken neck and how Maria’s father knew she was murdered. I mistakenly say that Mary Shelley doesn’t mention grave-robbing, but she does, briefly. I pan James Whale and praise Karloff as one of the greatest of all cinema heavies and one of the nicest men you’d ever hope to meet.
Really, the entire tragedy of the film can be blamed on Fritz, if you ask me. We had a good thing going until the hunchback started whipping the monster.— Tysto Commentaries,