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General Information:
Year Released: 1910
Country: US
Director: J. Searle Dawley
Literary Source: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

An actual frame from the film, of Frankenstein fighting to the death with his own creation.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein saw its first film adaptation with this release. Film technology was constantly improving, and new special effects were used both to bring the monster to life and to show its demise.

The Promise of Science: Man Made Life

The 1910 adaptation of the classic novel Frankenstein is one of the first films featuring man-made life. The young student Frankenstein wishes to create the most beautiful and perfect man he can, but instead creates a monster. Like the creations of many films that come after it, Frankenstein's monster escapes control of its creator and begins to think and act on its own, and runs away after seeing its reflection in the mirror. It later returns, but fades away into nothingness upon witnessing true human emotion (the bond between Frankenstein and his sweetheart).

Frankenstein's creation.

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