Friday, October 09, 2009

Mad Love

Mad Love is a 1935 horror movie directed by Karl Freund and starring Peter Lorre, Colin Clive and Ted Healy. I always enjoy Peter Lorre.

Dr. Gogol, played by Peter Lorre, quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
The face of all the world is changed, I think,
Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul...
“Guess now who holds thee!” — “Death,” I said. But, there,
The silver answer rang — “Not Death, but Love.”
Lorre is perfect as the obsessed, rejected madman.


The New York Times calls it "an entertaining essay in the macabre". Moria likes it. 1000 Misspent Hours says,
it is highly entertaining, and by watching it, you’ll get to see Peter Lorre in the role that would haunt him for the rest of his career. This is honestly one of his best performances (no actor I’ve seen has ever captured the emotional state of Lunatic Dejection better than Lorre does here), and whoever it was who came up with the character’s look made absolutely optimum use of Lorre’s physical appearance, but this is still the role that Lorre never lived down, in much the same way that Bela Lugosi never lived down Count Dracula.
10/11/2009: Bowen's Cinematic has a review.
10/14/2009: NeedCoffee has this as the "Halloween Movie Night No. 14" tonight.

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