Monday, October 17, 2005

Mad Love

William K. Everson Discusses "Mad Love" in Classics of the Horror Film, a Citadel Press Book, New York, 1974, page 133:
Mad Love, long unseen, its release to television long withheld, in 1970 began to stir up some belated intellectual interest, thanks to Pauline Kael's references to it in her well-circulated and controversial articles on Citizen Kane. In them she equated [Orson] Welles' makeup as Kane with that of [Peter] Lorre as Dr. Gogol in Mad Love, and also suggested that some of [Greg] Toland's German expressionist style may have derived from his earlier work on this film--although the much later (and much closer to Kane) Son of Frankenstein is far more marked in its Germanic photographic style. But if her remarks serve, like a TV teaser, to whet the appetites of those who might otherwise consider the film beneath them, all well and good. For Mad Love, coming at the apex of Hollywood's big horror cycle (1935 is also the year of The Bride of Frankenstein and Mark of the Vampire), is one of the best Hollywood Chillers.
(Talk about your eggheads!)
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Something about Peter Lorre that always amazed Miss Maven was how he frequently seemed to look differently in his movies over the years. It's not just the getting older or gaining weight, either.
(Peter Lorre as Ugarte to Humphrey Bogart's Rick in Casablanca)
(Peter Lorre with Boris Karloff and
Bela Lugosi in You'll Find Out)
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