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Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 27 December 1978
A more psychological telling of the Mary Shelley story has a different kind of monster...

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Sir Richard Fanshawe
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A more psychological telling of the Mary Shelley story has a different kind of monster...

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Trivia

The footage of the 'Figaro' opera singer receiving applause is actually a shot of Susannah Foster's curtain call from the 1943 version of The Phantom of the Opera. See more »

Goofs

When Polidori introduces Victor to the creature in his carriage, the interior point of view shot shows a Chinese servant closing the carriage door. A split second later, in a reverse angle shot from the exterior, the servant has vanished. See more »

Quotes

Dr. John Polidori: [to Frankenstein] You want to be rid of him just as much as I do, you hyprocrite!
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Connections

Version of Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Mazurka No. 5, Op. 7
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Bernard Ebbinghouse
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Mesmerizing!
22 June 2002 | by (Byron, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on television at age 12 or 13, in black-and-white (we didn't have a color television at the time). I recall it being shown in two parts, but even in black and white and at a young age I could see it was a rather lavish production. The cast is excellent. I found the entire story fascinating and I was mesmerized by it. As with most television films of that era (prior to home video recording technology) I was afraid I'd never see it again. I was oh-so-pleasantly surprised when it was run on a premium cable network in 1997 while I was living in California! Watching it in color made it even more fascinating than before. It is certainly a departure from more "traditional" treatments of this story, which makes it even more of a true gem captured on film! The viewer receives a more graceful, romantic treatment of a fascinating story.


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