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The Black Cat

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Directed by Edgar G.
With Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners.
US, 1934, 35mm, black & white, 65 min.
Print source: Universal

The first on-screen pairing of stars Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) and Bela Lugosi (Dracula), Edgar Ulmer’s loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story is one of Universal’s great horror films of the period.  Ulmer draws heavily from the influence of German expressionism in the wondrous design of Karloff’s Art Deco styled mansion to visually charge the minimal plot, which involves a cat-and-mouse game between a vengeful scientist (Luogsi) and a Satan-worshipping architect (Karloff).

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