Danny Boyle's Frankenstein: Encore HD Screening of the Play
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This film is a vivid capture of the theatrical experience of FRANKENSTEIN. This showing had Jonny Lee Miller as the monster and Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein, the scientist. The dramatization is very effective, with much of the first quarter of the film depicting the monster's birth and gradual growing understanding of the world around him. He is eventually reunited with his creator, and the tension between a lonely abandoned entity with a soul and a brilliant truth-seeker who regrets his success is carried through for the entire film. The physical production is eerie and effective, and scene changes are fluid and clever. I would give almost anything to have the opportunity to see the alternative version in which Cumberbatch plays the monster. But it seems that the National Theatre is not being particularly forthcoming with future showings. Why not make this incredible production more easily available - if not with a dvd release, then with a theatrical release for a longer period of time in New York. And tell ticket buyers which version of the double casting they are going to see. I think most people would want to see it twice. Please.
Quotes & Highlights
- "A thrill ... the most viscerally exciting and stunning show in town." --Daily Telegraph
- "The actors complement each other perfectly." --Guardian
- "This is a memorable production and will doubtless be spoken of for years to come." --Daily Mail
A new play by Nick Dear based on the novel by Mary Shelley
Performance Running Time: 2 hours (no intermission)
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.
Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
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