Mary Shelley



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Film Info
Program:New Releases
Historical Drama
Release Year:2018
Runtime:121 min
Print Source:IFC
Director:Haifaa Al Mansour
Producer:Amy Baer
Alan Moloney
Ruth Coady
Cinematographer:David Ungaro
Screenwriter:Emma Jensen
Editor:Alex Mackie
Composer:Amelia Warner
Principal Cast:Elle Fanning
Bel Powley
Owen Richards
Joanne Froggatt
Stephen Dillane
Tom Sturridge
Douglas Booth
Ben Hardy
Filmography:Wadjda ('12)
Women Without Shadows ('05)


With her second feature film, Mary Shelley, groundbreaking Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) tells us the story of author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) - author of one of the world’s most famous Gothic novels ‘Frankenstein’ - and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth). The pair are two outsiders constrained by polite society but bound together by a natural chemistry and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age and time. Mary and Percy declare their love for each other and much to her family's horror they run away together, joined by Mary's half-sister Claire (Bel Powley.) In the midst of growing tension within their relationship during their stay at Lord Byron's (Tom Sturridge) house at Lake Geneva, the idea of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all houseguests to write a ghost story. An incredible character is created, which will loom large in popular culture for centuries to come, but society at the time puts little value in female authors. At the tender age of 18, Mary is forced to challenge these preconceptions, to protect her work and to forge her own identity.


"A rarity…plausible and moving, at once a defense of genre fiction and of female sharpens the sense of Shelley’s modernity." - New York Times

"The director and her star make their point under the metriculously appointed cover of the film's 18th-century setting, but they make it plainly, cleanly, and with fire." - The Boston Globe

"The ethereal Fanning is excellent as always as the flushed, then fierce, Mary." - The Los Angeles Times


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