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Fri 17 Aug 2018

Bride Of Frankenstein + Beauty And The Beast (La Belle Et La Bête)

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

Fri 17 Aug 2018
Doors 18.30
£19.75 (includes £2.75 booking fee)

DJ from 18.45 First film starts approximately 21.00. 

For telephone bookings call 0333 320 2836.

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

A sublime evening of classic fables, fairytales and creature features, pairing two timeless classics that together will transport you to another time and directly into a world of cinematic dreams.

Certificate PG
Duration 75 + 93 mins
First film starts approximately 21.00

Featuring possibly the most famous screen creature, Frankenstein's monster, as played by Boris Karloff in director James Whale's 1935 follow-up to the classic original 1931 Frankenstein. This time the monster has a mate in the shape of Elsa Lanchester, and the resulting film is widely considered one of the greatest sequels of all time. The story of Frankenstein, the scientist and his creation, came to author Mary Shelley in a dream and this year marks the 200th anniversary of her famous novel, making this short double-bill (it'll be over by midnight) the perfect way to celebrate both a landmark in literature and two of the most wondrous screen fantasies ever imagined.

Black and white cinematography has a delicate magic all its own, especially when experienced on the big screen, and this double-bill is a celebration of its suggestive power. Nobody casts a spell quite like artist, writer, poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, whose creative imagination is virtually unparalleled in the 20th century. His 1946 romantic fantasia La Belle Et La Bête may be one of the most famous and influential films of its kind, a re-telling of the famous fairytale about a young girl who sets out to rescue her father from a Gothic castle only to become enchanted by the prideful Beast who lives there. With its many magical moments, all created using camera tricks and hand-crafted special-effects that still evoke awe and wonder today, Cocteau's film perfectly conjures the feel of being enmeshed in a waking dream. 

Whale's erudite genius brings it all together. He sculpts every nuance of self-parody, social satire, horror, humour, wit and whimsy into a dazzling whole, keeping every one of his fantastical plates spinning until the tragic, inevitable finale.

Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
Bride of Frankenstein, Official Trailer

La Belle et la Bête is full of wonder and mystery. It's cinema's ultimate love story, dressed up as a monster.

Xan Brooks, Observer
La Belle et la Bête, Official Trailer
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