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Rowing with the Wind (1988)
"Remando al viento" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  1 July 1989 (Japan)
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through different European countries in that period. Although Frankenstein is just an invention strange things happen to the people Mary does not like. Written by Volker Boehm

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Byron sólo lamentaba los pecados que no había podido cometer [Byron only lamented the sins he hadn't committed]


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Claire Clairmont: What are you thinking about Mary?
Mary Shelley: About Byron and his poem; the one nobody has written yet. Where the imagination could give life to matter, making it into a living poem. Just as fire can revive dead wood.
Claire Clairmont: How obstinate they are. Why do men try to create life out of death, when women know perfectly well that life can create life?
Mary Shelley: Love is sufficient for what you speak of, but in order to live; life is not enough.
Claire Clairmont: It is for me when I'm with him.
Mary Shelley: And when you are not with him you have no ...
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Blame It On The Monster
16 July 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This film has promise that is never fulfilled. Curly-topped Hugh Grant as Lord Byron has to be seen to be believed. He wears the frilliest costumes imaginable. With long hair and chest bared, he looks like he's auditioning for a Lifetime biopic of Siegfried and Roy. One of the best (and unintentionally comical) scenes is Grant howling out on a boat. He is too fey and whimsical to make a credible Byron.

Another newcomer is a furry-browed, heavier set Elizabeth Hurley. She is beautiful. Yet, like Grant, she isn't ready for prime time. The scene where her sister, Mary, consoles her following a suicide is funny due to Hurley's exaggerated facial expressions.

The music labors on to new melodramatic Gothic depths. Music can enhance an atmosphere when the atmosphere is right. When it isn't, music only makes for another distraction.

The monster speaks in staccato. Due to editing, it's difficult to determine if he's a villain or victim. Sometimes it's difficult to determine if he even is.


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