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Apr 7 17 10:01 PM
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Wich2 wrote:Rick wrote:"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Mariphasa Lupina Luminas of our Lives" (cue sappy organ music)(THEME SONG "You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Anymore" Sung by OLIVER REED on LYCANTHROPIA Records and Tapes!)
Rick wrote:"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Mariphasa Lupina Luminas of our Lives" (cue sappy organ music)
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Apr 8 17 1:27 AM
Rakshasa wrote:I "love" how we have no problem accepting that Chaney is turning into a supernatural monster -- but we can't for a second believe that a woman (or women) might be attracted to his character in a movie.
Apr 8 17 1:48 AM
Okay, I’ve opened this document and I’m gonna keep it open as I watch WEREWOLF OF LONDON for, by my count, the 11,000th time. Comments below written as I watched and, apart from corrections as I go along, it’s unedited.
According to the map at the top of the movie, Tibet is way, way bigger than India. I must tell my son who’s over there studying on the subcontinent. Boy, will he be surprised.
Hull says it’s “Mariphasa Lupino Lumino not Lupina Lumina but Lupino…like Ida.
I noted this the last time I saw the movie, but Henry Hull seems much more casual and at ease in Tibet than in England.
What’s with Glendon’s assistant not being able to move his feet? Just weirdness for the sake of weirdness. Then Glendon is struck by an invisible doohickey. Oooh, spooky stuff.
The werewolf’s shadow before the attack makes no sense. Wrong size, wrong shape, how is it casting that from where it is…ahh, none of it is right.
I like Glendon’s lab equipment. It looks kind of neat.
Valerie Hobson never looked less attractive. Terrible hairdo. And she’s gonna kill someone with the brim of that hat.
Warner Oland is great from his very first moment. And he says “lumina lupina.”
Oland does what the best actors do: he gives full attention, full eye contact to his scene partner. As Brenda Blethyn once advised Craig Ferguson, “If you really listen to the other actors everybody will think you’re a fu…ng genius.”
The Blu-ray looks very good, but too much of the movie is gray, rather than black and white. That’s the fault of the filmmakers, not the disc.
Hull with the cat and leading into transformation, way too stagy, too actory, too pose-ey. Not a real thing about that performance.
Makeup looks really good though.
Somebody please shoot that blonde singer.
Hobson looks much better at Spring Byington’s place, nice slinky gown. But Lester Matthews’ character is, in terms these folks would understand, a right bounder.
“Dr. Yokohama” is funny once. Not twice.
Spring Byington has a sweet giggle. And, as I’ve mentioned before, her light English accent in the first scene disappears after that.
As others have mentioned, Glendon’s werewolf shadow is also wrong. Big shadow trouble in this movie.
And featuring John Cleese and Graham Chapman as Mrs. Whack and Mrs. Whatsit.
Hull leans dramatically against door, says, “don’t let this happen to me” and the weeping violins well up on the soundtrack. Might as well be doing THE DRUNKARD.
The behind the pillars transformation is good, the photo dissolve transformation is very weak.
Even the zoo guard is cheating on his wife (“and kids”). This movie is just rife with unpleasant people.
Mrs. Whack’s peek through the keyhole is very effective.
Some genuine problems with the sound fluctuations on this Blu-ray.
Warner Oland gets more careful dramatic lighting than even the werewolf.
I’d love to know the cap and hat budget for this film.
So here it’s the full moon, in THE WOLF MAN it’s the autumn moon, then back to full moon again. I think I’ve got it now.
Hobson is a good screamer.
Scenes in the police office are stiffly acted (apart from Oland) and awkwardly staged.
Hull looks about as capable of handling Oland as I do of wrasslin’ Tantor the elephant.
Strange. There are lots of settings and locations, but the movie still has a sort of small and claustrophobic feel to it.
The werewolf’s final advance on Valerie Hobson is definitely his best scene and the best horror film sequence.
How odd to have filmed the werewolf’s death with Hull’s face upside down to the viewer.
When he transforms back to Glendon, Hull has so much beauty makeup on that he looks like a mannequin.
Okay, movie over.
It’s a decent horror film, no better. The werewolf seems odd and wimpish, in light of all the werewolves to follow. The characters are almost universally unlikable or annoying. Except for Yogami. Warner Oland is just terrific.
Henry Hull is adequate at best. He has a few decent moments, but he also has a few overly melodramatic, back of the hand to the forehead moments.
It’s okay. I still think it’s clearly second-rank. It’s true that it’s from the Golden Age — right there in 1935. But it was filmed concurrently with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and that’s a Golden Age comparison this movie cannot bear.
I’m still going to take THE WOLF MAN — the best Universal of the ‘40s — over WEREWOLF OF LONDON — a decidedly second-tier Universal of the ‘30s.
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professor liebstrum wrote:Sorry, Casey, I've always preferred WWOL to TWM although I enjoy them both. If I want to see Larry Talbot I'll probably watch FMTW, I don't find him very likeable in TWM and Evelyn Ankers never did anything for me, but I let my personal preferences get in the way when I posted before
Apr 8 17 9:23 AM
Rick's rundown hits some valid points, but they're things I just always accepted about the movie. I also feel the cinematography is basically all gray. In fact, whenever I want to watch this movie one of the first associations that goes through my mind is, WEREWOLF OF LONDON = GRAY. It's just something I do involuntarily but never really give much thought to until now that Rick has pointed it out. Someone should have called for more black balance in the background and/or wardrobe.
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Rakshasa wrote:More than anything, I'm curious who will get the last word in on this topic. Or more importantly, who will let the other guy *get* the last word in!
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