the universal production THE MUMMY was released dec 1932, directed by KARL FREUND, the cinematographer of some of germany’s masterpieces – Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920) , Der Letzte Mann (1924) , Metropolis (1927), Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), and later in the U.S. The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Good Earth (1937). the main character IM-HO-TEP is played by BORIS KARLOFF. karloff had started his career in horror films with frankenstein’s monster. the masterful make-up by JACK PIERCE together with karloff’s tall thin body create a character that in my opinion surpasses all recent copies of this black/white original. there are no major special effects in this film, it is karloff who dominates, together with some very dramatic use of light. I collected some scenes to show the interesting staging as well as the light and shadow effects.
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