Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Books on Film Series)by Mary Shelley, Kenneth Branagh (Director)
A cautionary tale of modern science run amok and a classic Gothic thriller, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the personal chronicle of Victor Frankenstein, a dedicated science student obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter." In his secret laboratory, Frankenstein assembles a human replica from stolen body parts, but upon bringing it to life he recoils in horror at the creature's hideous soullessness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and embarks on a campaign of murderous revenge against its creator. Features a new introduction by Maitland McDonagh, former senior movies editor for TV Guide and author of numerous books, including Movie Lust.
Critics praised Kenneth's Branagh's 1994 film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a thrilling modern horror story that remained true to the original novel. Branagh himself plays the young doctor whose obsession with death leads him to create life. But his "creature" (De Niro), crafted surgically from the parts of exhumed corpses, is a hideous mockery of humanity. When the creature realizes it will never be accepted by men, it seeks revenge on Dr. Frankenstein and his family. A vivid cinematic adaptation that is both emotionally complex and truly terrifying.
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I have seen the horror movies concerning Frankenstein, but Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein, surpasses every Frankenstein movie. The language and grammar are superb, and the discussion of Frankenstein creating the creature generate wonder at Shelley's scope of science, literature, and multitudes of topics. Mary Shelley started the story at 18 and completed this descriptive story two years later. Shelley brings into the narrative many allusions to other writers both past and present. I listened to an audiobook which presented an excellent reading of this journey. The story follows the narrative of Captain Robert Walton and then of Victor Frankenstein, both men present interesting views on life and death. After hearing this excellent book, I loathe reading a merely average book.
I thought I knew the story of Frankenstein. Now I know better. This was a great package and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's amazing this was written by a woman in a time when women were basically kept in the sitting room and encouraged not to think. Enjoy the book, enjoy the movie - you won't regret a minute of it.