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The Curse of Frankenstein$
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Marcus K. Harmes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001

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The Film and its Critics

The Film and its Critics

(p.15) Chapter One: The Film and its Critics
(p.3) Devil’s Advocates

Marcus K. Harmes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter gives a detailed summary of the events in the film, and discusses the techniques and devices it employs to tell the story. It describes how Terence Fisher, the director of The Curse of Frankenstein, was received by some film critics. He was as an auteur, a director with a unique creative vision, which imbues his oeuvre with particular and consistent artistic qualities for some, and for others, he was a hack and a plodder who made derivative and uninteresting films. The chapters also talks about the remarkably vigorous quality of the team's work ethics. It describes how the team remained harmonious and excited throughout the making of the film even though the working conditions were not always ideal. The chapter also discusses how the film was able to work around its relatively small budget. Though it manifests in the small number of shooting locations and the size of the cast, the budget limits were otherwise extremely well hidden by the deceptively spacious scenes captured by Fisher's camera, and in the immaculate costume and scenographic design. The chapter also discusses how audiences received the film when it was first shown in theaters.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, film critics, film production, film budget, film crew, audience reception, The Curse of Frankenstein

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