Director Ken Russell applies his trademark excess to this surreal, experimental examination of the creative dementia which shaped Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. The story is embellished from events which allegedly took place at the Swiss villa of Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne) on the night of June 16, 1816. Byron's guests include poet ...
Director Ken Russell applies his trademark excess to this surreal, experimental examination of the creative dementia which shaped Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. The story is embellished from events which allegedly took place at the Swiss villa of Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne) on the night of June 16, 1816. Byron's guests include poet Percy Shelley (Julian Sands) and his future wife Mary (Natasha Richardson); Mary's half-sister Claire (Myriam Cyr) and Byron's leech-happy personal physician Dr. John Polidori (Timothy Spall). Byron promises them a night of horror like only a mad poet can deliver -- after partaking of laudanum and other hallucinogens, the guests tell ghost stories while exploring the dark corridors of his home. From here, Russell dives headlong into madness, discarding plot structure in favor of fever-dream setpieces in which the guests confront living manifestations of their own fears and insecurities -- creative, mortal and sexual, among others. The raging Romantics are also given to lengthy discourse on the nature of fear and the fine line between creative genius and insanity; by the film's end, viewers may find themselves wondering the same thing about the director. Those who may prefer a more subdued speculation on the same theme should seek out Ivan Passer's Haunted Summer. Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall. Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 87 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1. Originally released: 1987. BOX #11713CDVD. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY: This sale is for EX-Library s Movies( SET OF 1 MOVIE DVD s). This discs has no visible Scratches) This DVD Case top cover or cover tab or CD s Holding tab is (not broken). This case is Missing face Page or has marker marks Apply ON the Discs or on the case. NOTE: All old library s pre-owned items have marker marks, tape residue, face page cuts, and name erased. I checked this item and I will sign it before I mail it out to make sure you receive as its listing. NO RETURNS: ON: DVD s AUDIO CASSETTES, AUDIO CD s and VHS TAPES.
Tom Hickey, Pascal King, Dexter Fletcher, Andreas Wisniewski, Alec Mango, Timothy Spall, Myriam Cyr, Natasha Richardson,... Good. 1987 Run time: 87. Connecting viewers with great movies since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content. Customer service is our top priority!