In celebration of the LomoKino, Lomography's first and very own analogue movie camera, it's time for us to look back at another early motion picture! Join us as we revisit one of classic literature's most horrifying tales, told in a 1910 silent film running roughly 12 minutes!
Frankenstein was the brainchild of Mary Shelley, the wife of English Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. It was published anonymously in 1818 in London, the lady novelist’s name only appearing on the second edition published in 1823 in France.
Many of us are familiar with the story: a scientist, almost driven by madness, succeeds in creating life, but later on becomes horrified at his work. But perhaps not a lot know that the lady novelist drew inspiration for its storyline from a dream, most likely fueled by pressure to win the horror story contest she decided to have with her writer-colleagues.
Such grisly yet fascinating tale of terror, infused with Gothic and Romantic elements and early science fiction, was something that early filmmakers couldn’t resist putting on film. In 1910, Edison Studios made the first film adaptation of Frankenstein, under the writing and direction of J. Searle Dawley. The silent film, which runs for about 12 minutes, was shot in three days in New York. Although some sources mention Thomas Edison as the producer (perhaps due to the motion picture company’s name), the inventor did not participate in any of the company’s projects and activities.
So, without further ado, grab something to munch and watch the very first film on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!
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