If you are a horror/terror movie fan, these two pictures are a MUST see. I saw both of them as a kid
some 60 years ago (the theater audience was obviously much older than the average movie audience). As an adult this time I could not only appreciate the technical qualities of both films but the the transition in the Monster's character from a feral being in " Frankenstein"to a humanized man, searching love and acceptance in "The Bride of Frankenstein," was truly moving.The profuse used of irony and tragic reversal in "The Bride's" story gave it a substance the "Frankenstein" movie lacked altho I think both movies generated quite a bit of empathy for the "monster" and some revulsion towards his creator. Is this a parable about the relationship between God and man or, as some critics have argued, a critique of modern science an the possibility that some of its best intentions may go astray? Both movies deal with both issues and offer a provocative resolution to today's audiences.
I was highly satisfied with Bourne's video of the 1995 production, but I am much more satisified
with this latest production. The magnificent overture alone, foreboding everything that is to come, was worth the price of the ticket. The choreography and musical numbers appear more current. The production will be best appreciated by viewers well versed on the swan myth and the oedipal conflict at the center of the story. The actors were a pleasure for the eyes and the acting was truly superior. The emotional music was excellently translated in the choreography.I took two friends of mine to the show, both full fledged addicts to the regular Swan Lake ballet. All three of us were delighted. however, we would have appreciated a short intermission, perhaps, before The Grand Ball scene. I will certainly view this movie production again and again!
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