Mary Shelley

Showed at Images 6/8/2018–6/14/2018

Starring: Elle Fanning, Stephen Dillane, Douglas Booth, Tom Sturridge, Bel Powley

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Director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) is the first female Saudi Arabian film director, and as such seems well-suited to tell the story of Mary Shelley, a woman trying to break through the confines of her culture's repression of women.

She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but 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 18th-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.

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  • Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

“Mary Shelley is a luscious-looking spectacle, drenched in the colors and visceral sensations of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal. But above all it is a film about ideas that breaks out of the well-worn mold of period drama (partly, anyway) by reaching deeply into the mind of the extraordinary woman who wrote the Gothic evergreen Frankenstein.”

– Hollywood Reporter