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    The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935). French Grande (46.5" X 62") Joseph Koutachy Artwork.
    It's a rare thing for a sequel to be as big a hit as its predecessor, but James Whale's return to the world of Mary Shelley proved to be just as smashing a success as his 1931 masterpiece, Frankenstein. Surprisingly, Whale initially refused to direct the sequel, deriding the idea as being "squeezed dry" and a creative dead end. Even after receiving full creative control from the studio, the reticent director wouldn't consider the film a serious project, deciding only to make the film a thrilling and memorable romp for audiences. Perhaps he forgot that that was exactly what any good horror picture should be. The venture generated a box office explosion, further galvanized by rave reviews from such high-end critics like Time, Variety, and The New York Times. They lauded the picture for its outstanding cast, compelling performances from Boris Karloff and Ernest Thesiger, the film's expressive cinematography, and an electrifying score that brought the onscreen action to life. But what really made the picture the genre icon it is today was, of course, Elsa Lanchester's hissing Bride. Despite the minimal amount of screen time she received between her dual roles as the prologue's Mary Shelley and the conclusion's screaming She-Creature, Lanchester's powerful performance stunned audiences and created one of classic horror's most defining images of all time. Thought to be the only remaining paper of its kind, this poster tantalizes moviegoers with artwork courtesy of French artist Joseph Koutachy, giving a glimpse of the story's thrilling climax. In remarkable condition, this first-time offer from Heritage has had light touchup to the folds for some mild tears, small tears in the borders with minor nicks, and a tear from the upper left corner into the artist signature. There are a couple of vertical creases still visible in the upper background. Very Fine- on Linen.


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