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Intentional farce

If you think about it, there’s no reason Kitty Carroll couldn’t have been just as frightening a character as H. G. Wells’ original Griffin, or the version of Griffin played by Claude Rains in the first film of Universal’s Invisible series. But that wasn’t the movie Universal wanted to make in 1940, and it’s arguable whether they could have if they had wanted to:

If in earlier incarnations invisible means inconsequential, impermanent, inassimilable or uncanny, the invisible woman can never really be described as embodying any of the qualities. Part of the fear of Wells’ invisible man rests in the anxiety that he could be watching you and you would not know; he could sneak up out of the shadows and you would be taken by surprise — the fear, in other words, that you are being surveilled. At the most basic level, the transfer to film changes this relationship, for in looking at the screen, the viewer surveilling the Invisible Man, rather than the other way around. Indeed, in each of the films in the series, through a variety of visual and auditory cues, the viewer is in fact allowed to literally see where the invisible figure is at nearly any given moment. The Invisible Woman, in constantly reminding viewers of Kitty’s appearance, heightens this collapse of the visible and the invisible.

Kitty’s invisibility perpetually exists not only in relation to but for a viewer, and insofar as we are constantly encouraged to project an image of [Virginia] Bruce onto the special effects that suggest an invisible presence, the invisible woman is very deliberately constructed as subject of the spectator’s gaze.

The scenes at Richard’s hunting lodge, during which Kitty is mostly unclothed, make this perfectly obvious; due to Production Code rules, neither Richard nor the Professor could not tell you that she was naked at the time, but they went to an awful lot of trouble to make sure you knew it. I have to wonder how they would have made this film in 1933, the year James Whale directed The Invisible Man, the first use of John Fulton’s special effects, a year in which the Code was officially in effect but only sporadically enforced.

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A trick of the lighting?

Playwright Barbara Lhota has come up with one of the less likely ideas for a stage play: a live-action version of Russell Stamm’s classic comic Invisible Scarlet O’Neil.

How in the world is this even possible? It takes some doing:

Chloe Baldwin serves as the backbone of the show in the title role, a plucky young woman determined to help people as a newspaper reporter. The exact nature of Scarlet’s power and how she ends up using it are a mix of clever action by Libby Beyreis, assisted by Chloe Baldwin; lighting by Meghan Erxleben; set design by Milo Bue; and direction by Leigh Barrett. Ironically, one would be best to see her “invisibility” to fully appreciate it!

Babes With Blades Theatre Company, which presented this production, has lots of reviews and a brief video for your perusal.

(Hat tip: Paul Cwick.)

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Ignore the name for a moment

This has potential as a story:

What happens when you don’t even show up in your selfies?

“IPF” is the Independent Production Fund, which forks out the cash for a few Canadian web series; this was evidently submitted to IPF in the hopes of getting a grant. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I hope they get it.

Update, 30 December: Apparently they got it, because it’s going into production.

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SPF infinite?

This seems like an awful lot to ask of a sunscreen:

But hey, if it works…

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Extended play

If you liked Disney’s Invisible Sister but wanted more of the early scenes with Paris Berelc as an empty space, Disney Channel UK has something for you:

Who knows what other scenes might still be in the Mouse’s vault?

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Breaking in the youngsters

The Nick Jr. series Little Charmers has had one episode that addresses invisibility: “Invisible Smiles” hinges on Hazel’s attempt to improve her appearance before a fashion show, and how she solves the problem with a lot of sparkly glitter, or maybe it’s glittery sparkle. It’s only a couple of minutes long, and it’s a fair amount of fun for the youngsters at whom it’s aimed.

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She never asked for this

Now here’s a description:

I could feel everything, including my own face when I touched it. Meaning I wasn’t dead, exactly; the explosion of antimatter or whatever had happened at the LHC had somehow reassembled my poor annihilated atoms into a form invisible to the naked eye. And then apparently shot me up onto the nearest mountaintop. So, technically I wasn’t actually in Heaven, I was still somewhere in Switzerland.

It was like God had cursed me by making all my childhood wishes come true. I was wearing the Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak — and I was stuck on the freakin’ set of The Sound of Music!

Dr. Mira Verbogen, having survived a catastrophe at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, discovers she’s not quite what she used to be, in The Accidental Superheroine by J. R. Rain and Kris Carey. Wild and crazy stuff.

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Seeing the sibling that wasn’t there

So I sat through the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister, as mentioned previously. As suspected, it was not related to the book with the similar title, which got an “Inspired by” credit.

That said, it was actually a pretty good story in this vein, and while you expect a DCOM to have a certain quantity of “heartwarming” stuff, it never actually detracted from the plot, and the special effects were more than acceptable — though I don’t think it’s going to make a lacrosse fan of me.

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The sibling that wasn’t there

In development — at least to the extent of setting up a casting call — at the Disney Channel:

Invisible Sister will tell the hilarious story of a good-natured, bookish young girl named Cleo who accidentally makes her super popular sister Molly invisible after the science project she is working on gets out of control. Now Cleo has to figure out a way to turn her sister back to normal and Molly gets a powerful look at what life is like when no one sees you.

There had been some chatter to the effect that this project might have been based on the book My Invisible Sister by Beatrice Colin and Sara Pinto, but the plot synopsis as given sounds nothing like that book.

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New FIdB additions

Lola Savullo (Invisible) and Clover Hobart (Calling Invisible Women) have been posted to the database.

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Invisible shoes?

Well, yeah, kinda sorta. Mirrors all around, and I suppose if you’re standing at just the right angle, people will freak.

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Taking the pledge

In Cláudio Torres’ A Mulher Invisível, a chap who has lost his wife to an affair swears off women entirely and withdraws from the world he knows, until the girl of his dreams knocks on his door one night to borrow a cup of sugar, and suddenly everything is right with the world again.

Or so it seems. The chap’s best friend can’t seem to find any indication that the young lady in question exists at all, which complicates matters for his eavesdropping neighbor, who actually might be interested.

This isn’t a special-effects fest, but it’s good fun, and it’s Brazilian, which means lots of eye candy.

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Storm coming

This is just too much: Hello Kitty (!) as the Fantastic 4’s Invisible Woman.

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This was done by Joseph, who has rendered Sanrio’s semi-lovable cat as, among other things, a panoply of Star Wars figures.

(Seen at Finestkind Clinic and fish market, which has a shot of Joseph’s Darth Kitty.)

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Playing with your depth perception

Buenos Aires storefront

Do we have invisible mannequins now? Well, not quite. Here’s how it’s done at a store in Buenos Aires.

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Sue Storm goes steampunk

Now this is fun: a steampunk Sue Storm action figure, in full Victorian garb, obviously not formed of unstable molecules.

Somebody had fun making this, and that somebody is named Sillof.

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More romance, more often

If you had told me this time last year that there would be two romance novels with invisible heroines crossing my path in the next twelve months, I’d have laughed at you — and then started hanging around the bookstore.

The second one (this was the first) is Elizabeth Boyle’s Tempted by the Night, a disarmingly clever, and startlingly sexy, Regency tale of a woman who has no idea that the ring she wears will grant her a wish, especially not this wish:

“I wish . . .” Hermione said aloud, as if testing the words. “I wish I were a phantom from sunset to sunrise just like Lady Zoe so I could discover all of Lord Rockhurst’s secrets.”

Then she finished her wish with three silent words.

And he, mine.

As the sun recedes, the lady vanishes, and sets out on what she thinks is a fairly modest — in terms of scope, anyway — quest.

(Reviews and an excerpt here.)

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