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A Dollar a Whale 

Thursday, May 24 2012
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For some strange and wonderful reason, movie theater owners decided that Tuesday is the day to offer cheap seats. For a similarly wonderful reason, museums followed suit in fueling this peculiar social compact, so what better way to embrace conformity than with today's matinee double bill of The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Both films, directed by James Whale, are tales of rationality and hubris gone awry, anticipating the battle between science and faith that rages unchecked even today. In The Invisible Man, Claude Rains (cast by Whale for his "intellectual voice") is a scientist in love with Gloria Stuart (the old lady in Titanic), but his mistress is his thirst for power. He indulges in this affair with lusty gusto while killing a lot of people before his invisible body is shot dead (in the nude, although production made the mistake of making his footprints have shoes) in the snow after a little over an hour's running time. In The Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Monster gets a Bride (Elsa Lanchester) and blows everything up when she rejects and screams at him. Just like life! Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; Tues., May 29, 1 p.m.; $2. (323) 857-6151; lacma.org/film.
Tue., May 29, 1 p.m., 2012
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