The Faces of Frankenstein

Mon, Oct 15th, 2018

Depictions of Frankenstein’s Creature from Mary Shelley to Benedict Cumberbatch

A conversation coordinated by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Shelley’s iconic creation has become one of the most recognizable but misunderstood characters in film, literature and on stage: Boris Karloff’s nonverbal behemoth to Herman Munster to your favorite green Halloween mask. But the Frankenstein monster is much more than neck bolts - and has been a favorite subject of filmmakers, artists, writers and performers for two centuries because of it. Join the creative team of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company for a panel discussion of the many depictions of this complex creature, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication.

Panel discussion to start at 8:15pm, following a 7pm screening of the 1931 Universal Pictures film FRANKENSTEIN (Dir. James Whale, 70mins, 1931, 35MM) starring Boris Karloff.


General Admission - $12 / Seniors & Students - $10 / Music Box Members - $9

Movies & Showtimes for
The Faces of Frankenstein

Mon, Oct 15th



A FILM BY: James Whale
WRITTEN BY: John L. Balderston (screenplay), Mary Shelley (novel)
STARRING: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff had been subsisting on bit parts, playing generic gangsters and European heavies, when he got his big break—Frankenstein's Monster. So transformative was his performance of expressive grumbles and empathetic gestures, aided by the expert make-up of Jack Pierce, that Karloff was passed off as "?" in the cast list. The most austere and elemental of the Universal horror films, Frankenstein is a masterpiece of ominous graveyards and deceptively sunny lakeside idylls.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1931
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 70 mins
Format: 35mm

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