It's Alive! : Frankenstein and the Birth of the Tragic Monster

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Title

It's Alive! : Frankenstein and the Birth of the Tragic Monster

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L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room
Universal's horror classic Frankenstein set the template for the classic monster based on its stunning cinematography, lavish set design and thought-provoking themes. Most audiences instantly refer to the 1931 feature film version of the story rather than the novel written by Mary Shelley, from which its based, due to the film's iconic stature. From the foreboding opening, Frankenstein delves into an abyss of dark shadows and atmospheric sets. All of this transitions into a cautionary tale of man overstepping the boundaries of nature which culminates to the birth of a disfigured creature of tragic proportions. Following the film's release, movie monsters could be seen as misunderstood, ill-fated beings that are only as destructive as their creators. From giant lizards smashing Tokyo to the sinister slashers that haunt our nightmares, Frankenstein influenced many filmmakers to seek the tragedy of our antagonists.
Debra White-Stanley

Creator

Bilodeau, Matthew

Date

2016-04-09

Identifier

https://commons.keene.edu/s/KSCArchive/item/21104

Language

eng

Subject

Film Studies

Type

Presentation

Provenance

Keene State College

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