James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) are currently enjoying a new theatrical release (as of June 25) in France, accompanied by new, beautifully designed computer-colored posters.
Critic Jean-Baptiste Morain of Les Inrocks notes that “Eighty years after they were made, these two popular and legendary works still fascinate thanks to their principal actors, Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester… and their expressionistic imagery of leaning sets, painted backdrops and chiaroscuro.”
On Critikat.com, Vincent Avenel celebrates James Whale’s influence on the horror genre, Boris Karloff’s performance as the “desperately naïve and inexperienced monster¨, and Jack Pierce’s “eternally recognizable” makeup. Fellow critic Clément Graminiès admires the “eccentric” director James Whale and his “highly subversive” treatment of the subject matter.
Virgile Dumez of Allo-Ciné, reviewing Bride of Frankenstein, writes, “Wandering like ghosts in giant castles, through foggy cemeteries and down into cobwebbed crypts, the characters are all seeking love or some form of recognition, only to find death and incomprehension… The Bride of Frankenstein remains the undisputed masterpiece of Universal Studios… (and) a major masterpiece of gothic cinema”.
Another James Whale classic, The Invisible Man (1933) gets its French theatrical re-release in August.
The films are distributed by Carlotta Films of Paris.
A follow-up: More reviews of the French re-release.