JACK PIERCE: THE MAKER OF MONSTERS

FILMMAKER STREPHON TAYLOR IN PERSON
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24   •  4:15

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Bay Area filmmaker Strephon Taylor will present his new film about one of Hollywood’s best makeup artists. A Greek immigrant, Jack P. Pierce worked in various jobs on movie sets until his talent for makeup emerged in the mid-1920s. His best work for Universal Studios coincided with that company’s development of a new “horror” genre. Pierce’s creation of the Frankenstein Monster, in collaboration with actor Boris Karloff, quickly became iconic, and his designs for the Mummy (also Karloff), the Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolf Man are still remembered today. Drawing from interviews, historical footage and hundreds of photos, the documentary offers a look at one of the chief architects of film fantasy in the pre-digital age. (US 2015) 82 min. plus discussion.

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