Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

DVD - 2018
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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 eighteenth-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.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : Shout! Factory, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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yesbyedith
Jan 15, 2021

Yes, a bit slow... like most period drama. But excellent.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2020

Engaging period biopic of Gothic author Mary Shelley and the most important people in her life - parents, sister, husband Percy and literary friends like Lord Byron - during the Romantic era from 1800 to 1850. The formal lyrical dialogues from those authors and poets in the days adds pleasure to its viewing experience, see "Quotes."

Notes:
-Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823) was a pioneer of the Gothic genre and influenced many women writers after her, including Jane Austen (1775-1817) and Mary Shelley (1797-1851.)
-Per wiki: Byron befriended the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Shelley's future wife, Mary Godwin. He was also joined by Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, with whom he had had an affair in London.

JCLKarynH Jul 25, 2020

I read Mary Shelley's infamous novel, "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" as an undergrad, so I have a passing knowledge about her complex life and works. This movie about her early life, her tumultuous relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the summer in Switzerland spent with Lord Byron that inspired Frankenstein and its publication, both fascinated and infuriated me. Percy was married when he and Shelley met in Scotland and fell instantly in love. Shelley isn't the first, nor will she be the last woman to get involved with a married man, but this dude didn't seem worth the sacrifice. Percy spent most of the movie drunk, partying and lecturing Mary about not embracing the bohemian spirit when she was assaulted by his friend!!! Lord Byron was also an awful person and took advantage of Mary's stepsister, Clair Clairmont. The color palate and the lighting also drove me nuts. I get that the look was to emphasis the Gothic mood of the story and it's characters, but I can't enjoy a movie if I can't see the characters, nor if they all look pale and anemic. The only saving grace for me was Elle Fanning's emotional and gorgeous performance as Mary Shelley. She made me sympathize with the famous and troubled author, but also want to madly gesture her towards a better guy. Joanne Froggatt made an all too short appearance as Mrs. Godwin, Mary's wicked stepmother. Bel Powley was adorable and clueless as Mary's stepsister, Clair Clairmont. Douglas Booth played Percy Shelley and I applaud him for embodying the poet's bad boy persona. The costumes, carriages and picturesque Gothic locations are stunning. Recommended for fans of Mary Shelley.

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vonnyb
Mar 09, 2020

Mary Shelley's life was really remarkable, which is what makes this film so disappointing. The script is weak and the acting is mediocre. Elle Fanning in particular, as the main character, is out of her depth.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Sep 18, 2019

The movie itself was a little bit boring but the acting was quite good. I even cried a bit.

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misatim
Jul 21, 2019

another brilliant woman who throws it away for sex

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slaroche
Jul 16, 2019

3* was a slow movie. Ok I guess.

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Bioethics111
Jun 22, 2019

I picked up this DVD almost as an afterthought while exiting the library. I like films of substance with true drama and am further pleased if it is based on historical occurrence. I was aware of Mary Shelly's work---the result of a literary challenge---but didn't know much at all about her life and circumstances. I can succinctly say---after viewing the film--- that it is truly astounding! The depth of dialogue and the depth of feeling contained in this production deserves much praise. Rather than being a typical period film, "Mary Shelly: The Life That Inspired Frankenstein," instead directs and encompasses the viewer into the very core of the characters. One is simply immersed in layers of alternative ideology, rebellion, young and carefree hopes, love, loss and tragedy. The emotional tour 'd force drags one through the muck of social prejudice and convention, hypocrisy, disillusionment and human failure. Yet when all would seem almost lost and misery ruling the day, a jolt of truth and hope arises. This is a serious film with serious subject matter which deserves our attention if one is willing to confront both historical honesty and the hazards of life. Most of us have read Mary Shelly's classic "Frankenstein or the Modern Myth of Prometheus," but how many of us have recognized this drama unfolding in our own lives and those around us?!

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SusyHendrix
Jun 17, 2019

This movie has everything going for it but the script, which drags things out too long and only ever seems to go for the surface-level details. A very mundane, by the number biopic.

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Linyarai
Jun 03, 2019

This was a very long, slow movie. Her life was interesting and I loved Elle Fanning playing the role, but not enough happened in her life to warrant the length.

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2020

It's called 'The Nightmare - The Curse Of The Incubus'. The Angel fallen from grace because of insatiable lust. You know the painter, don't you?
-Henry Fuseli. He was my mother's first love. She tried to kill herself with an overdose of laudanum when he left her for another woman. I've never reconciled how someone as strong as my mother was so vulnerable when it
came to love.
Love will find its way through paths where wolves would fear to prey.
-But if she wasn't impervious to the pain of heartbreak what hope is there for the rest of us?
The great art of life is sensation. To feel that you exist, even in pain. I mean would you not die for love? After all, what is life if it does not have love?
-Nothing, according to you poets.
You are... I've always believed that a woman should be intelligent enough to understand what I'm saying but not intelligent enough to be able to form ideas or... opinions of her own. You, Miss Godwin, have the chance to prove me wrong.

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2020

People should live and love as they wish. But one thing I've never understood is... why did two radicals such as your parents succumb to marriage?
-To legitimize me.
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Idealism and love give us courage. But they do not prepare you for the sacrifice required to love a man like Percy.
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We love each other. We don't need to be married.
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If you ever see Mr. Shelley again, prepare to lose the love of a father, forever.
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I am going to find us a house......and I intend it to be perfect.
-It already is perfect. I have you. Wherever we're together is where I belong.
Are you sure, Mary?
-Only if you are ready, my love.
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I'm free to write what I please. Like a torrent of light poured into a dark world. All around me I see bliss, 'cause I now know what it is to love... Its very essence is liberty. ...and be loved. It is comparable neither with obedience, jealousy nor fear.

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2020

To love reading is to have everything within your reach.
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When silvery clouds float through the wildered brain
When every sight of lovely,
wild and grand
Astonishes
Enraptures
Elevates
So bright...
...so fair, so wild a shape
Hath ever yet beheld
As that which reined
the coursers of the air
And poured the magic
of her gaze
Upon the maiden's sleep
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And what, may I ask, would you constitute as "substantial" in your eyes?
-Anything that curdles the blood and quickens the beatings of the heart.
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The sunlight clasp the Earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea
What are all these kissings worth...
If thou kiss not me?"
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...you are not my lover. You are a dalliance. A lapse in judgement.

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2020

Rid yourself of the thoughts and words of other people, Mary.
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It was a dreary night of November and... It was a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. Remember that I am thy creature. I ought to be thy Adam but I am rather the fallen angel whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss... from which... from which, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded I was benevolent and good
Misery made me a fiend Make me happy. And I shall again be virtuous.
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"But soon", he cried "I shall die and what I now feel be no longer felt. Soon... these burning miseries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pyre triumphantly and exult in the agony of the torturing flames. My spirit will sleep in peace or if it thinks it will not surely think thus. Farewell."

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