Cross-post: Bride of Frankenstein Study Guide



My latest Kindle book is a study guide for the film The Bride of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale in 1935.

The text is not very long, but includes links to five detailed slideshows, hosted on Google Docs, which analyse five key sequences of the film (those highlighted by the exam board in the Subject Guidance documents).

Bride of Frankenstein is one of the five set films for GCSE Moving Image Arts. It will be featured in the February mock exam, though it’s not going to be one of the three films featured in the proper June exam. On the other hand, it is essential viewing in order to appreciate the parodic Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974), which is one of the three set films for the June 2013 examination. I really don’t think there’s any point in showing Young Frankenstein without having seen Bride first.

There’s a good reason why it’s the sequel and not the original that the exam board have chosen. Quite apart from its status as a set film for Moving Image Arts, Bride of Frankenstein is justly regarded as one of the best of the classic horror films of its era. It has a darkly comic sensibility and is highly stylised in terms of camera, lighting, and mise-en-scène. In addition, the musical score is superb, and the special effects are innovative enough to still look impressive, nearly 80 years on. So the study guide is useful for anyone interested in the history of film, or any student of film or moving image studies.

Those of us teaching GCSE MIA in England are doing so for the last time. I’ve produced the resources for my own students and thought it would be worth making them more widely available. I’m hoping to find the time to do study guides for the other set films. Depending on the feedback I get from this exercise, I might do something similar for GCSE and/or ‘A’ Level Film Studies at some point.

I’ll not be able to make it available on a free promo on Kindle because I have also submitted a version of it to the Apple iBooks store. The iBooks version will be free (if approved), and will also have the rich features offered in iBooks Author (in this case, the five slideshows are embedded in the text) instead of mere links. As such, the iBooks version will only work on iPad, so the Kindle version is for anyone without an iPad.

Kindle free promos are contingent on the book being exclusive to Kindle, so I’ve set the price as low as Amazon allow, £1.49.

So you can buy the Kindle version, or wait to see if Apple approve the iBooks version. I don’t know how long this might take, having never done it before.

If you download it, I’d be grateful for any feedback you can offer, and gentle prods about typos that I will endeavour to correct in due course. Link to Amazon UK.