Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

DVD - 2018
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The real-life story of Mary Shelley, and the creation of her immortal monster, is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father in eighteenth-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world, when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley. So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork.
Publisher: [United States] : Shout! Factory, 2018
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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vickmeister
Nov 17, 2018

Flawed but absorbing account of the younger years of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the beginning of her relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and how she came to write what would become the groundbreaking gothic classic, "Frankenstein." Having recently read two good biographies on Mary Shelley, most notably "Romantic Outlaws" by Charlotte Gordon, I was familiar with the story of their relationship and could see how the scriptwriters took some liberties with the telling of the facts, agreeably a necessary construct when trying to condense a life into the length of a two-hour movie. The film highlights the romance between the two, also focusing on the challenges that women faced trying to make their way amongst the restrictions of the Regency period. It is the last portion of the movie that really takes liberties with the truths of the romantic story, a story that actually contained so much more depth and tragedy than the little bit of it portrayed here. But I can see how the filmmakers were trying to underscore certain points, and maybe save a few dollars by not going to the many exotic European locales that a more extensive telling would have required. The sets are beautiful and all of the actors do a fine job. It was especially fun to see Joanne Froggatt, so familiar as the sweet lady's maid Anna on "Downton Abbey," in an entirely different kind of role.

mary shelley's book, Frankenstein, written on a dare when she was barely over the cusp of adulthood, is so humongously influential on the movie art culture. i do not just mean the stereotype of the mad scientist. anytime someone's story arc shows a path of one's influence over another, coming back to haunt them, that's mary. but, more, the theme of runaway science hurting innocents. and it turns out the monster is more human than the inventor. the dare was between the world renowned authors, Byron, and Shelley, and the novice writer, mary. Who could write the best science fiction novel? I don't know that Byron or Shelley completed theirs. People go on and on about Young Geniuses, like Mozart and Mendelssohn and Saint Saens. I think Shelley's feat in writing this novel, as impressive.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 08, 2018

There is nothing wrong with this movie. As a period piece it is fine. I just didn't find it all that interesting, and it didn't really follow the "history" I learned in my literature courses. Still. costumes and sets were very interesting and the acting was good.

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maipenrai
Sep 08, 2018

Very good period drama. Elle Fanning does a beautiful job!! Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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