Haunted Summer (1988)





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Adapted by Lewis John Carlino from the speculative novel by Anne Edwards, Haunted Summer recounts one of the most tempestuous "menage a quatres" of the 19th century. During an Italian holiday in 1816, novelist Mary Godwin (Alice Krige) meets the man she is destined to marry, bisexual poet Percy Byshe Shelley (Eric Stoltz). In so doing, Mary finds herself in emotional conflict with Shelley's possessive mentor Dr. Polidori (Alex Winter) and his fellow poet and erstwhile lover, the tortured Lord Byron (Philip Anglim). The erotic adventures that follow make the Gothic goings-on in Mary Shelley's subsequent novel Frankenstein seem like a day at the beach, though it is suggested that Frankenstein might never have happened had it not been for Mary's fateful "Summer of '16." Also figuring into the proceedings is one Claire Claremont, played by Laura Dern, who arguably delivers the film's best performance.
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Alice Krige
as Mary Godwin
Philip Anglim
as Lord Byron
Laura Dern
as Claire Clairmont
Eric Stoltz
as Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alex Winter
as Dr. John Polidori
Peter Berling
as Maurice
Don Hodson
as Rushton
Terry Richards
as Fletcher
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Explores some of the dangers and a few of the pleasures of living in the ivory tower world of art.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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Lord Byron, Persey Shelly, Mary Shelly and sister. The Whole reason Mary Shelly wrote Frankinstien. very good.

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