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The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (2002)

This is a documentary on the making of the masterpiece "Frankenstein" from 1931. Every aspect of the above movie is covered and detailed. From the initial involvement from director Robert ... See full summary »

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David J. Skal

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David J. Skal ... Himself - Host
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself
Sara Karloff Sara Karloff ... Herself
Bob Madison Bob Madison ... Himself
Rick Baker ... Himself
Donald F. Glut ... Himself
Ivan Butler Ivan Butler ... Himself
Jan-Christopher Horak ... Himself
Bill Condon ... Himself
Richard Gordon Richard Gordon ... Himself
Gregory W. Mank Gregory W. Mank ... Himself
Dwight David Frye Dwight David Frye ... Himself (as Dwight D. Frye)
Paul M. Jensen Paul M. Jensen ... Himself
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This is a documentary on the making of the masterpiece "Frankenstein" from 1931. Every aspect of the above movie is covered and detailed. From the initial involvement from director Robert Florey and Bela Lugosi to the eventual casting of Boris Karloff, this is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful documentary. Written by alexanderdavies-99382

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (Finland) See more »

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Frankenstein-tiedostot See more »

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Dolby (DVD version)

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is on both the Universal Classic Monster Collection & Monster Legacy Collection DVDs for Frankenstein (1931). See more »

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References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) See more »

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Frankenstein Main Title and Theatrical Trailer Music
form Frankenstein (1931)
Music by Bernhard Kaun
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Terrific Documentary
20 October 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Frankenstein Files, The (1999)

**** (out of 4)

Terrific documentary that was released on the initial DVD release of FRANKENSTEIN back in 1999. Film historian David J. Skal directs as well as hosts this documentary that takes a look at the making of Universal's FRANKENSTEIN and the different directions it took. We hear about how Bela Lugosi was originally set to play the monster but he passed and then we hear how Boris Karloff was discovered. The documentary also goes into detail about certain issues people had with the film and what parts would eventually have to be cut out in future releases. Rick Baker, Rudy Behlmer, Bill Condon, Sara Karloff, Dwight David Frye, Donald Glut, Richard Gordon, Greg Mank and Paul M. Jensen are just a few of the folks interviewed and all have rather interesting comments and ideas about the film. I think the best aspect of this documentary is that we get a pretty good history of the film and I'm sure those unfamiliar with the movie will see it in a different light. Having the children of Karloff and Frye are hand was pretty nice even though neither one of them were actually on the set when the movies were being made. Another major plus is that we get a few brief discussions on the sequels but Universal would give BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN its own documentary. I doubt die- hard fans are going to learn anything new here but it's still a very entertaining and pleasant documentary that does everything you'd want it to (except turn up the lost Lugosi test footage, of course).


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