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Mary Shelley

A teenage dreamer meets the brilliant poet Percy Shelley, and their love affair transforms her into a Gothic mastermind.


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Mary Shelley is one of the most renowned authors of English literature, responsible for the classic 'Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus'. She, however, had a complicated life, suffered at the hands of an abusive husband and prejudice against a female writer. This movie precisely addresses this trajectory, with a great performance by Elle Fanning ('Super 8') in the role of the protagonist. We know not only who inspired her to create the scientist Victor Frankenstein, but also the references to create a story that criticizes man trying to become God. It is a feature film that gives a greater dimension to the original work.



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She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley. So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.

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