The Films Of Tod Browning

Author by : Bernd Herzogenrath
Language : en
Publisher by : Black Dog Pub Limited
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Description : Known as the 'Edgar Allen Poe of cinema', Tod Browning is truly the dark master of filmmaking. This book pays tribute to Browning's cinematic legacy. It serves as an academic text on Tod Browning's singularly complex body of work, and looks at the pantheon of the director's films, analysing his choice of subject matter and cinematic approaches.


The Cinema Of Tod Browning

Author by : Bernd Herzogenrath
Language : en
Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : As a director, actor, writer and producer, Tod Browning was one of the most dynamic Hollywood figures during the birth of commercial cinema. Known for his fantastic collaborations with Lon Chaney in numerous silents, and for directing the horror classic Dracula and the still-controversial Freaks, Browning has been called "the Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema." Despite not entering the profession until he began acting in his early thirties, he went on to helm more than 60 films in a 25-year career. His work continues to influence directors such as David Lynch, John Waters, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. These essays critically explore such topics as the connection between Browning, Poe and Kant; Browning's cinematic techniques; disability; masochism; sound and suspense; duality; parenthood; narrative and cinematic trickery; George Melford; surrealism; and the occult. A Browning filmography is included.


Dark Carnival

Author by : David J. Skal
Language : en
Publisher by : Doubleday
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Description : A portrait of Tod Browning is based on family documents and interviews with friends and colleagues and offers insight into his secret obessive world


Tod Browning S Dracula

Author by : Gary D. Rhodes
Language : en
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Description : Few movies in film history have resonated with audiences as deeply and for as many years as Universal's original 1931 version of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi as the vampire count. Filmmaker and film historian Gary D. Rhodes brings years of research to fruition, providing conclusive answers to everything you ever wanted to know this iconic film. Overflowing with newly unearthed information and fresh analysis, and fully illustrated, Tod Browning's Dracula is one of the most in-depth books ever published on a single film. Tod Browning's Dracula by Gary D. Rhodes is the first in a collectible series of books on the world's most iconic, classic horror films. -- Gary D. Rhodes


The Role Of Monstrous Bodies In Tod Browning S Freaks

Author by : Stefan Langenbach
Language : en
Publisher by : GRIN Verlag
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Description : Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Comparative Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Cologne (Englische Seminar 1), course: The films of Tod Browning, language: English, abstract: Table of contents 1. Introduction...........................................................................................3 2. Freaks..................................................................................................4 3. Monstrous bodies ...................................................................................6 4. Outlook .............................................................................................13 5. Conclusion...........................................................................................14 Appendix...............................................................................................16 List of references......................................................................................20 1.Introduction "I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here." (Radiohead - Creep, 1993) Since the beginning of mankind there have always been a few humans who differed from the vast majority. They showed (and still show) various features which separated them from "normal people." These characteristics can be caused by genetic defects or other, medical reasons and lead to a life "outside of the boundaries of 'normal'." Physically and / or mentally they differ from the majority. Some are taller than average people, some are smaller. Some are hermaphrodites. Some have missing or extra body parts, some lack extremities at all. These so called "freaks" are defined by freedictionary.com as having "an abnormally formed organism" and "regarded as a curiosity or monstrosity." Tod Browning's film Freaks deals with handicapped people, who comply with this definition and will be the core theme of this term paper, so that the role of monstrous bodies in this specific movie will be explained and analyzed. In order to do that, it will be started with a rendering of the movie's content, important basic facts about it and its' effect on the viewers and the critics, before the analysis will be focused. Are the "freaks" in the movie creeps and weirdos or aren't they and if so, what else are they if anything? What was Browning's aim concerning the


The Monster Movies Of Universal Studios

Author by : James L. Neibaur
Language : en
Publisher by : Rowman & Littlefield
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Description : In 1931 Universal Studios released Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This box office success was followed by a string of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. With each new film, Universal established its place in the Hollywood firmament as the leading producer of horror films, a status it enjoyed for more than twenty years. In The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, James L. Neibaur examines the key films produced by the studio from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s. In each entry, the author recounts the movie’s production, provides critical commentary, considers the film’s commercial reception, and offers an overall assessment of the movie’s significance. Neibaur also examines the impact these films had on popular culture, an influence that resonates in the cinema of fear today. From the world premiere of Dracula to the 1956 release of The Creature Walks among Us, Universal excelled at scaring viewers of all ages—and even elicited a few chuckles along the way by pitting their iconic creatures against the comedic pair of Abbott and Costello. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios captures the thrills of these films, making this book a treat for fans of the golden age of horror cinema.


The Turn To Gruesomeness In American Horror Films 1931 1936

Author by : Jon Towlson
Language : en
Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : Critics have traditionally characterized classic horror by its use of shadow and suggestion. Yet the graphic nature of early 1930s films only came to light in the home video/DVD era. Along with gangster movies and "sex pictures," horror films drew audiences during the Great Depression with sensational content. Exploiting a loophole in the Hays Code, which made no provision for on-screen "gruesomeness," studios produced remarkably explicit films that were recut when the Code was more rigidly enforced from 1934. This led to a modern misperception that classic horror was intended to be safe and reassuring to audiences. The author examines the 1931 to 1936 "happy ending" horror in relation to industry practices and censorship. Early works like Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Raven (1935) may be more akin to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Hostel (2005) than many critics believe.


Universal Horrors

Author by : Tom Weaver,
Language : en
Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : Revised and updated since its first publication in 1990, this acclaimed critical survey covers the classic chillers produced by Universal Studios during the golden age of hollywood horror, 1931 through 1946. Trekking boldly through haunts and horrors from The Frankenstein Monster, The Wolf Man, Count Dracula, and The Invisible Man, to The Mummy, Paula the Ape Woman, The Creeper, and The Inner Sanctum, the authors offer a definitive study of the 86 films produced during this era and present a general overview of the period. Coverage of the films includes complete cast lists, credits, storyline, behind-the-scenes information, production history, critical analysis, and commentary from the cast and crew (much of it drawn from interviews by Tom Weaver, whom USA Today calls “the king of the monster hunters”). Unique to this edition are a new selection of photographs and poster reproductions and an appendix listing additional films of interest.


A Critical Guide To Horror Film Series

Author by : Ken Hanke
Language : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : In this book the author takes a fresh look at horror film series as series and presents an understanding of how the genre thrived in this format for a large portion of its history. It sheds light on older films such as the Universal and the Hammer series films on Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy as well as putting more recent series into perspective, such as The Nightmare on Elm Street films. A well rounded review of these films and investigation into their success as a format, this useful volume, originally published in 1991, offers an attempt to understand the marriage of horror and the series film, with its pluses as well as minuses.


Authorship And Film

Author by : David A. Gerstner
Language : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.