Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)





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Surprisingly good adaptation of the Isherwood screenplay, though not sticking exactly with the original novel, this is an incredible spectacle, with good special effects. Not done in the classic manner, this has been dubbed more of an intellectual's horror movie. The creature is by no means the patchwork quilt beastie we are used to seeing when thinking of Frankenstein. Instead, he is a very handsome Victorian-era man whose physical decomposition brings about an agony of spirit as well as physical adjustments. Michael Sarrazin's monster is brilliant and sympathetic.
Art House & International , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Leonard Whiting
as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
James Mason
as Dr. Polidori
John Gielgud
as Chief Constable (Police)
Michael Sarrazin
as The Creature
Margaret Leighton
as Lady Fanshawe
Ralph Richardson
as Mr. Lacey
David McCallum
as Dr. Henry Clerval
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs Blair
Nicola Pagett
as Elizabeth
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Doesn't really match up to the book like the title makes you think, but instead aims are a realistic version. In that case, however, the film is really long and dull. The still manages to hold classic scenes and moments, and some cheap tv effects, but it does get to the point where most of it seems pointless. Drags on for too long, with dull dialog and useless characters. It works in some ways, but not enough for it's 3-hour run time.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

This is an excellent adaptation of Mary Shelly's classic - that is on DVD. The special effects are at time hit-or-miss. I'm not sure if this was originally a BBC production for Masterpiece Theatre but it has that kind of pedigree and production values. Instead of the "Creature" being a monster he starts out being the physically ideal man. Only later when not being able to sustain life in the body of that was a cadaver and begins the process of decay does he turn into a monster. More psychological then any other Frankenstein - it delves into the questions of is this creature soulless, is it a human being and who are responsible for his actions him or his creator Victor Frankenstein. Great performances throughout, but especially from Michael Sarrazin as the creature and Leonard Whiting as his creator, Victor. Victor is torn between his initial rapture and love for his creation, but when the creation begins to reverse he is reviled and disgusted by it. Although, he has the opportunity to destroy the creature - he is torn by the fact that he cannot destroy his creation. The creature in turn is baffled by Victor's initial friendship and treatment as his child and later Victor's utter disgust and hatred of him leading them to an epic journey to the North where each man faces his destiny.

John O'Connor
John O'Connor

Keeping in mind that this is a 1973 'Universal Television' version of the story, this was an exceptional (and more realistic) telling of it. If you are able to look past the chessy special effects and (mostly) bad make-up, what you get is a very cerebral (no pun intended) and complex look at a story that is usually told in a very superficial and shallow manner. I was pleasantly surprised.

Robert C
Robert C

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