Frankenstein in the pyrotechnic laboratory of life, from Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)

The equipment sparking the castle laboratory, cinematic-technological sublime, was designed by Kenneth Strickfaden. When Elizabeth, Clerval, and Professor Waldman bank on the castle door, demanding admission, they find themselves audience to a theatrical spectacle: “quite a good scene, isn’t it!” gloats Frankenstein to these avatars of the movie-house audiences.

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