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Encyclopedia > Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

film poster
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Kenneth Branagh
Robert De Niro
Helena Bonham Carter
Ian Holm
Tom Hulce
John Cleese
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Editing by Andrew Marcus
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) November 4, 1994
Running time 123 min
Country UK
Language English
Budget $45,000,000
IMDb profile

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 film directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Robert De Niro, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, and Kenneth Branagh. It is an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It follows the novel more closely than other film adaptations, nonetheless, it deviates broadly from Mary Shelley's original plot. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ... Thomas Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning American actor and producer. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ... Patrick Doyle (born April 6, 1953, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is an Academy Award nominated Scottish musician and film score composer. ... Sir Roger Pratt (1620–1684) was an English Gentleman Architect of the 17th century. ... The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // November 1 - George Lucas leaves the day-to-day operations of his filmmaking business and starts a sabbatical (while on sabbatical, he wrote the prequel Star Wars trilogy). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... // November 1 - George Lucas leaves the day-to-day operations of his filmmaking business and starts a sabbatical (while on sabbatical, he wrote the prequel Star Wars trilogy). ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Thomas Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning American actor and producer. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ...


The film was a part of a brief trend towards high-profile adaptations of classic horror stories (usually with claims of greater authenticity than previous film versions) following the box-office success of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. Other films in this trend included Mary Reilly (based on the story of Jekyll and Hyde) and the film Wolf, based on the werewolf mythos. Bram Stokers Dracula is a 1992 horror romance film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. ... Mary Reilly is a 1996 film directed by Stephen Frears. ... For other uses, see Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (disambiguation). ... Wolf is a 1994 horror film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader and Kate Nelligan. ... A German woodcut from 1722 A werewolf (also lycanthrope or wolfman) in folklore is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf or wolflike creature, either purposely, by using magic, or after being placed under a curse. ...

Contents

Characters

The main characters include:

  • The Creature (Robert De Niro) - the product of Frankenstein's experiment with corpses and electricity.
  • Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh - a scientist obsessed with conquering death.
  • Henry Clerval (Tom Hulce) - Frankenstein's best friend.
  • Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) - Frankenstein's fiancee.

Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Thomas Hulce (born December 6, 1953) is an Academy Award-nominated, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning American actor and producer. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ...

Plot

See the plot of the original novel.

Among the deviations from the original book is the creation of the monster bride. In the book, the Creature asks Victor Frankenstein to fashion a monster woman for him. He reluctantly agrees, but destroys the creature right before he is about to breathe life into it. However, in the film he goes through with his plan only after the monster murders Elizabeth on their wedding night by thrusting his hand into her chest and ripping out her heart. Victor then takes Elizabeth's body back to his laboratory, where he attaches her head to the exhumed body of Justine, the nanny. He then galvanizes this "new" body and brings Elizabeth back as a horrific bride. When the monster approaches thinking that the bride is meant for him, a stand-off occurs before the bride kills herself by fire. This article is about the 1818 novel. ...


Reception

The film did dissapointing business upon its domestic theatrical release having a budget of $45 million and grossing $22 million, however, the film did very well in foreign markets where it grossed $90 million.[1] According to the film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, the film received very mixed reviews.[2] Upon its DVD release, commentators seemed more forgiving of its shortcomings.[3][4][5] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Other media

The movie also had a pinball table made that was based on it, as well as a Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis game (the latter of which by Sony Imagesoft), which followed a platform-style format. A Sega CD game was also produced by the same company that had a more adventure-based format that would sometimes switch to a fighting game. An electronic pinball machine (Theatre of Magic), released 1995. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Sony Imagesoft was a subsidiary of Sony established in the early 90s. ... The Sega Mega-CD (Japanese: メガCD) is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive released in Europe, Australia, and Japan. ...


References

  1. ^ "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)." Box Office Mojo. 28 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Rotten Tomatoes. 28 August 2007.
  3. ^ Plath, James. "DVD Review of Bram Stoker's Dracula / Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (2-Disc)." DVDTOWN.com. 6 January 2006. 28 August 2007.
  4. ^ Demtschyna, Michael. "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Michael D's Region 4 DVD Info Page. 3 October 1998. 28 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein." DVDLaser. 28 August 2007.

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Mary Shelley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1586 words)
Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London, England, the second daughter of famed feminist, educator and writer Mary Wollstonecraft and the equally famous anarchist philosopher, anarchic journalist and atheist dissenter, William Godwin.
Frankenstein is also full of references to her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and her major work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman which discusses the lack of equal education for males and females.
Mary Shelley died of brain cancer on 1 February 1851, aged 53, in London and was interred at St. Peter's Churchyard in Bournemouth, in the English county of Dorset.
Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein (2645 words)
Mary Shelley had made several changes to this version: She added a longer preface, Victor Frankenstein was portrayed as a more benevolent character and indications of an incestuous relationship between Victor and Elizabeth were removed by clearly marking her as the adopted child of the Frankensteins.
Mary Shelley seems not to condemn the act of creation but rather Frankenstein's lack of willingness to accept the responsibility for his deeds.
Since Victor Frankenstein is not at all a professional surgeon he cannot be expected to create a perfect human being out of partly rotten body parts, especially not with the kind of instruments, assistance and funding he uses.
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