We’re kicking off Giving Tuesday early this year! Your donation today will be matched up to $10K, doubling your impact! If you donate $50 today, the Reader will receive $100.

The Reader is now a community-funded nonprofit newsroom. Can we count on your support to help keep us publishing?

  • From Whale’s racy pre-Code melodrama Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Starting October 1, I’ll be teaching a six-week class on director James Whale at Facets Multimedia. The class, called Beyond Frankenstein, will explore some of the lesser-known films of Whale’s varied and unusual career: his Expressionist psychodrama The Kiss Before the Mirror (photographed by the great Karl Freund, who also shot Metropolis and The Last Laugh); his screwball comedy Remember Last Night?; his period farce The Great Garrick; and his understated tragedy One More River, which I consider his finest achievement. We’ll also look at his pre-Code melodrama Waterloo Bridge, his campy horror spoof The Old Dark House, and his megaproduction of Show Boat starring Paul Robeson and Irene Dunne. You can register here.