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Monday, June 7, 2010

Frankenstein (1910)

This film is known by most people as the Thomas Edison Frankenstein since Edison's Manufacturing Company produced and distributed the film.  For many years this film had been listed as missing.  Fortunately, an original nitrate print of the film finally turned up in Wisconsin in the mid-1970s.  Thanks to Archive.org, it is now available for everyone to enjoy.
Director J Searle Dawley, who considered himself to be the first motion picture director, adapted Mary Shelley's novel and brought it to life in this short [12 minutes long] but memorable film.  According to IMDB, Dawley began directing in 1907 and Frankenstein was his 15th film [out of 162].  I am not a silent film expert, but I am amazed at what Dawley accomplished.  He threw in a few special effects, the most impressive of which is the use of a mirror in several scenes.  It is quite effective and you'll enjoy seeing how he utilizes it in the film.
The quality of Frankenstein is not great but at least we have the film to appreciate and enjoy.  I consider this a must see not only for Frankenstein fans but also for anyone who loves filmmaking.  A rare treat, indeed!

RATING: Very Good. [For its time.]
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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