Film

Frankenstein

James Whale, VS 1931
Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. Based on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.

Langague: English, subtitles: Dutch

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein - first printed on 1 January 1818.

Shelley came up with the idea at the age of 18 after being challenged by romantic poet Lord Byron, while in Switzerland, to construct a ghost story. The results were to have a monumental impact. This was the kernel from which the story of Frankenstein would emerge.

The novel - originally published without Shelley's name - received mixed reviews, but came into prominence after being picked up and re-versioned by theatre companies a few years later. However, it was cinema that really took the ball and ran with it.

The first adaptation for the silver screen was made in 1910. Since then, there have been about 150 further versions on different mediums. The version from 1931 that we are showing on Tuesday 22 May produced the famous 'It's alive!' scene.

Read more about why the story still has such an impact here.

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