Frankenstein - the
And yeah, I gave my
heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly and I perceived
that all is action and vexation of the spirit. For in much wisdom is
much grief and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow. For God
shall bring every work and every secret thing into judgment whether
it be good or whether it be evil ...
The most famous of all
Frankenstein films was probably the one produced in the United
States in 1931. It was Carl Laemmle who for the first time tried to
turn the famous story of Mary Shelley into a film. See how a
professional film-maker dealt with this problem ...
Scene 1: On the
This is the first
scene from 'Frankenstein'. What information do we have at the end? How is
it presented? What do we learn about the relationship of the two men? How
does the scene create atmosphere? What do you expect to happen next?
Elizabeth and Victor Moritz
We are at home with
Elizabeth, Frankenstein's fiancée. A servant girl enters the room
and announces the arrival of Victor Moritz ...
Unlike the beginning, this scene has got a great deal of dialogue.
Why is that? What does it tell us about the relationship of
Elizabeth and Victor?
With Dr Waldman
In this scene we find
Elizabeth and Victor talking to Dr Waldman. They need his help
because they want to try and get Frankenstein away from the old
tower where he has set up his laboratory ...
Again, this scene has got a great deal of dialogue. Why is that?
What does it tell us about the relationship of Dr Waldman and
Scene 4: It's alive!
Here we see
Frankenstein in his laboratory. He and his assistant Fritz are
working hard. There is a storm that has just started in the
mountains where their laboratory is, and now they hope to catch the
spark that they need to give life to the body that Frankenstein has
Scene 5: The old
Frankenstein Castle, Victor and Elizabeth are telling the old Baron,
Henry's father, not to worry about his son. They are joined by the
'burgomaster' who wants to know when the wedding of Henry and
Elizabeth will be ...
Scene 6: Dr Waldmann
scene, we are back at the laboratory in the mountains. We find Dr
Waldman who is trying to persuade Henry Frankenstein to destroy the
creature he has made ...
Scene 7: Little
scene, we see a little girl, Maria, the daughter of one of the
villagers, by the side of a lake. Then the monster arrives ...
Watch the monsters reactions while he is playing with the girl.
Observe how the expressions in his face change during the scene.
Scene 8: At the
Frankenstein film was first shown, the actor who played the part of
Dr Waldman appeared on stage and gave the audience a brief
introduction. Why do you think this introduction was given? Do you
think one would give an introduction like that to a present-day