Film Screening 31st December, 2006

Poster for Art for Arts Sake

Art for Arts Sake 

8:00 PM, 31st December, 2006

  • G
  • 6 mins
  • 1934
  • Vernon Stallings

The Van Beuren Studios - undoubtedly Walt Disneys most obscure rival - licensed Otto Soglow's popular comic strip of the day, about a short king who delights in the fact nobody is in a position to talk him out of his eccentric behaviour, for a series of ten cartoons from 1933-34. In this one, The King takes a tour of the Royal Museum, where he proceeds to graffiti the art and pull pranks on other members of the tour group.'

Poster for The Mummy

The Mummy 

10:10 PM, 31st December, 2006

  • PG
  • 73 mins
  • 1932
  • Karl Freund
  • John L. Balderston
  • Boris Karloff, Zita Johann and Arthur Byron

A field expedition in Egypt, led by the archaeologist Sir Joseph Whemple, unearths a wealth of treasures including the thousands of years old mummy of Im-Ho-Tep and a mysterious scroll. That scroll is the legendary Scroll of Toth, whose words have the power to resurrect the dead. Not knowing its powers, a young member of the expedition reads the scroll aloud and awakens Im-Ho-Tep. The ensuing horror drives him mad.Ten years later, in 1931, Sir Joseph Whemple returns to Egypt with another expedition party. Over the course of the preceding decade, the mummy has assumed a human identity. Now he longs to uncover his lost love, who has been reincarnated in the body of a beautiful woman, and is prepared to hijack Whemples expedition to reach his ends.The Mummy is arguably the best of Boris Karloff's Universal monster movies, though most would side with Frankenstein (the film that made him a household name only a year earlier - so much so that "Karloff" was more prominent than "The Mummy" on the film's poster). Even if you prefer Frankenstein, it would be difficult not to put The Mummy at #2. The film itself holds up remarkably well to this day (remarkably so for a movie that was quickly cobbled together to exploit its star). The costuming and special effects still appear surprisingly good. The plot holds up, both in terms of story and structure, to the point that it only really needed minor tweaking to drive the 1999 remake.'

Adam Gould