FRANKENSTEIN DOUBLE BILL
The Bride of Frankenstein PG
USA | 1935 75 minutes
Boris Karloff|Colin Clive|Elsa Lanchester
The sequel was being planned almost as soon as Frankenstein was released. James Whale, director of the first film, was initially unreceptive to directing a second. Eventually, he was persuaded, but the script for the film was written, re-written and revised several times by various screen-writers, leading to a significant delay. This also meant that the second film was subject to the full force of the Hays Code, entailing further revisions, even during production.
Karloff returns as the monster, as do actors playing several other characters. The pièce de résistance here, of course, is the eventual unwrapping of Elsa Lanchester as the Bride herself, whose now iconic appearance is a triumph of costume design, facial expression and hairdressing.
This is reckoned to be the best sequel ever made and, perhaps, also Whale's finest film.
16 October 2023 MONDAY 19:30
Playhouse Joan Cross Room (JCR) Screen
Tickets £10.00 | Audience limit: 30