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The Mummy 1932 – Freund
- Freund, the director here, was a top-tier DP during the era- he show many of murnau’s films. He shot fritz Lang’s metropolis. An Austrian cinematographer
- There was a real exploration of king tut that made this story relevant at the time
- Big follow up to universal and karloff’s Frankenstein in 1931
- There are narrative shortcomings—“here (eager young explorer)—stay here and watch this casket we just found while we go outside and discuss this possible curse”
- Karloff’s screen presence and otherworldyness should not be discounted- he’s a great watch
- The story is the Dracula story—Edward Van Sloan plays the exact same character- van helsing in Dracula and here he’s doctor muller—he’s better here
- The rest of the cast after Karloff is not amazing—lots of pauses and staleness
- Great flashback origin montage sequence.
- Overall fascinating narrative
- My favorite shot is a dazzling close-up of Karloff with artificial eyes. Superb look and makeup—they go back to the same shot often
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