DIRECTOR: JAMES WHALE
CAST: BORIS KARLOFF, COLIN CLIVE, MAE CLARKE, JOHN BOLES
From the flowering of literary Romanticism to the dawn of a possible post-human Singularity, Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has exerted an irresistible pull on the popular imagination. To meet the bicentennial of Ms. Shelley’s masterpiece, art historian, critic, award-winning broadcaster, and scholar of the Gothic, Sir Christopher Frayling has completed a remarkable new book, Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, published by Reel Art Press. Frayling’s wide-ranging, erudite study moves from the prehistory of the original novel through its countless adaptations for stage and screen, including the most famous cinematic outing for Frankenstein’s monster, directed by James Whale for Universal Studios. With magnificent, atmospheric art direction and peerless performances from Colin Clive as the mad Dr. Frankenstein and Boris Karloff as his lurching, persecuted creation.