In 1818, 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published Frankenstein; Or The Modern Prometheus as a result of a writing challenge initiated by poet Lord Byron during a free-spirited Lake Geneva summer. The rest, as they say, is history. The immortal horror tale of a vain doctor who builds a human being from scratch has become inseparable from film-making and the horror canon ever since.
From Boris Karloff to Robert De Niro, from James Whale to Mel Brooks, Shelley’s sensational thriller continues to enthrall, inspire, and disturb, after more than 200 years. Join film historian Max Alvarez for this compelling audiovisual journey in which the youthful author, her iconic novel, and the resulting films, are dissected with as much precision and glee as the cadavers in Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory!
About the Presenter
Max Alvarez is an author, film historian, and speaker on world cinematic culture. A former visiting scholar for The Smithsonian Institution and museum film curator, Max currently teaches film history for John Jay College's continuing education program, Sundays at JASA, in Manhattan. He is author of The Crime Films of Anthony Mann (University Press of Mississippi) and a major contributor to Thornton Wilder/New Perspectives (Northwestern University Press).
This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.