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(I'm excepting my own mail, returned to me unsent for some reason.)
 
 Speaking of twins and dopplegangers and hindi cinema acting conventions
 and cinematic versions of Frankenstein--I've always been interested in
 the decision to have Elsa Lanchester play both Mary Shelley (in the
 parodic intro frame) and the Bride in Whale's BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.  Two
 very different (perhaps?) versions of the feminine.  How does one speak
 about the way this kind of double-casting has meaning in the film?  For
 instance, the Bride screaming at the sight of the monster begins to look
 like Shelley screaming at her own literary creation, etc.  Do we have
 to . . .  (sorry, forget that sentence).
    I'd be interested in hearing about more of these double-castings.
-Carol--how
  are these double roles "read" in Hindi cinema.  Is the audience supposed to
 disregard that the characters are played by the same actress--is that the
 convention?  I wonder if Whale's decision was plotted out in the same way
 that, say, Carol Churchill's plays are structured with this kind of
 double-acting strategy in mind.  Can anyone think of other films where this
 strategy seems to be used towards a calculated end--and not?
   Susan Crutchfield