Frankenstein 200

Frankenstein 200

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Please note: this season finished in June 2018

“Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive…IT’S ALIVE! Oh, in the name of God... Now I know what it feels like to be God!”

- Colin Clive as Dr Frankenstein in James Whale’s 1931 adaptation.

At just 18 years of age Mary Shelley did an extraordinary thing. After a stormy winters evening spent indoors telling ghost stories in a villa on the banks of Lake Geneva, she took an idea and wove it into one of our most enduring and cherished novels – Frankenstein.

For cinema goers, it’s been 87 years since Colin Clive’s immortal ravings in James Whale’s definitive 1931 film adaptation of Frankenstein, but throughout cinema history Shelley’s gruesomely assembled 19th Century creation has been relentlessly stitched back together by filmmakers with astounding regularity.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the book, join us as we revisit some of cinema’s most notable interpretations of Shelley’s iconic gothic masterpiece, and welcome Sir Christopher Frayling to discuss why Frankenstein has become such a potent and mutable modern myth that has penetrated so deeply into popular culture.

Presented in partnership with the University of the West of England.

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Previous screenings & events in this season

Young Frankenstein  12A   Frankenstein 200

Young Frankenstein
Please note: This was screened in June 2018
Film
One of the funniest films ever made, Mel Brooks’ marvellously crafted, beautifully shot comedic homage to James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of the classic horror movies of the 1930’s.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  15   Frankenstein 200

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Please note: This was screened in June 2018
Film
Kenneth Branagh’s bold, brash, semi-operatic love letter to Shelley’s Gothic horror is a thoroughly 90’s retelling of Frankenstein.

Frankenstein  PG   Frankenstein 200

Frankenstein
Please note: This was screened in June 2018
Film
Shocking in its day and still a genuinely creepy experience, director James Whale’s primitive yet enthralling interpretation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a man playing god can stake a claim as being the most influential genre movie ever made.

The Many Lives of Frankenstein: A Presentation by Sir Christopher Frayling Frankenstein 200

Talk on Frankenstein: The First 200 Years talk by Sir Christopher Frayling
Please note: This event took place in June 2018
Talk
Drawing on his book Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, in this illustrated talk Sir Christopher Frayling explores some of Frankenstein’s various adaptations and discusses why this story has become such a potent and mutable modern myth that has penetrated so deeply into popular culture.

Gothic  18   Frankenstein 200

Gothic
Please note: This was screened in June 2018
Film
Ken Russell’s wildly excessive account of the fateful night that led to the genesis of Mary Shelley’s idea for her gothic novel, portrays the emerging author and the young Romantic poets she held court with, taking part in a demonic séance.