October 31, 2016, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
In James Whale’s follow-up to his 1931 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reveals that the main characters of her novel have survived. Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) is urged by the mad Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) to build Frankenstein’s monster a female companion. The monster (Boris Karloff), meanwhile, discovers joy, tragedy, and, most frequently, fear-driven hatred in his interactions with humans. The monster only wants companionship, but he remains misunderstood and loathed because of his appearance.
Guillermo del Toro has spoken of The Bride of Frankenstein as both an inspiration and as a favorite film. He’s called Boris Karloff’s monster one of his favorite freaks of the screen. Karloff’s performance, endearing in its misunderstood innocence, encourages the viewer to sympathize with, rather than detest, the lonely man-made man. In an introduction to the film at an Academy screening series, del Toro explained part of its appeal: “For me, it’s an incredibly important movie because I’ve been a misfit and a freak of a very large size all my life. The moment I discovered the Creature I discovered in him a twin soul. And in his suffering, and in his disenfranchisement, emotionally I found a kindred spirit.”
Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!
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