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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Bride, The Witch and The Loveable Comedian

What can you do after becoming the most famous bride in filmdom? With only a few minutes on screen, the Bride steals the movie. Expressiveness showing every bit of emotion and purpose with out saying a word. 

Ms. Elsa Lanchester builds a lengthy career of variation and consistency despite being best known for one of her earliest Hollywood films.

Colorization by Scott Mitchell
"Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) - 'To a New World of Gods and Monsters' toasts Dr. Pretorius to the new venture of creating a mate for the damaged and lonely monster. Karloff builds easily upon his first portrayal of the creature -a role that emanates from the talented soul of silent films. The Bride, cleverly built upon as the climax of the film, is crafted by Lanchester as a few mere moments of raw curiosity, lust and fear flicker into a new life. 

"Bell, Book and Candle" (1958) - Part of a cult that might remind Lanchester of her parents Bohemian lifestyle, she carried off brilliantly the goofy, silly and delightful character of the witch-mother. One of her truly memorable parts.

Into the sixties, Lanchester continues to treat audiences to campy fun in,

"Mary Poppins" (1964) 
"That Darn Cat" (1965) 
 "Easy Come, Easy Go" (1967) Yes, its Elvis and Ms. Lanchester is her extra quirky self.

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