Gynandrous Icons of the 20th Century #2

Claude Rains

In a state of majestic unconsciousness (I’m sorry, too clean to resemble death) at the close of The Invisible Man.

Of course I’d have to say my favorite Rains is his turn as Jasper Johns in the bizarre but awesome Mystery of Edwin Drood, a man more often than not in the throes of an opium-induced nightmare, the subtle contortions of his face during which could rival those of Hedy Lamarr in Ecstacy.

However I think I shall always wear The Invisible Man in my heart simply because it is the most abberantly sexual of the early monster films—the image of a naked Claude Rains, left entirely to our imagination, while all that is tangible about him is the evidence of the chaos he creates, is too delicious.

Side note: Rains also ranks high on the gynandrous scale because he is the only Hollywood figure who could have convincingly played the Baron de Charlus. 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~ by levantor on February 3, 2009.

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