James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters
James CurtisISBN: 0816643865;
Amazon.comYou may not recognize James Whale, but you surely recognize his most prominent contribution to American popular culture: Frankenstein's monster, as portrayed by Boris Karloff. Whale, a British expatriate who made his way to Hollywood just as films were making the transition to the talkies, directed both the original Frankenstein (1931) and its sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein (1936), for Universal Pictures. Afraid of being pigeonholed as a horror director (he also made The Invisible Man and The Old Dark House ), he eventually insisted on more mainstream projects, including the musical Show Boat and The Road Back , a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front that flopped at the box office. Today, The Bride of Frankenstein is considered to be his best film, a work that combines moments of genuine suspense with a thoroughly macabre sense of humor. In 1982, film historian James Curtis wrote his first biography of Whale. ...
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