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Rowing with the Wind (1988)

Remando al viento (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Gonzalo Suárez

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Gonzalo Suárez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny ... Mary Shelley
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Hurley ... Claire Clairmont
José Luis Gómez ... John Polidori
Virginia Mataix ... Elisa
Ronan Vibert ... Fletcher
José Carlos Rivas José Carlos Rivas ... Criatura
Kate McKenzie Kate McKenzie ... Jane Williams
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Edward Williams
Terence Taplin ... Godwin (as Terry Taplin)
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Fanny
Bibiana Fernández ... Fornarina (as Bibí Andersen)
Josep Maria Pou ... Oficial aduana (as José María Pou)
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Teresa Guiccioli
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Storyline

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] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rowing with the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Asturias, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of eight (8) films available on the 2012, 2-DVD set, "British Cinema Collections: 8 Acclaimed Films". The films are:

Disc 1: "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), "The Inheritance" (1997), Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1948), and Robert Louis Stevenson's "St. Ives" (1998).

Disc 2: "School for Seduction" (2004), "Dirty Pretty Things"" (2002), "Rogue Trader" (1999), and "ROWING WITH THE WIND" (1988). See more »

Quotes

Lord Byron: Yesterday I said something to Claire, which I would like to say to you personally.
Mary Shelley: I know, Claire told me. But I would not mind hearing it again.
Lord Byron: I merely wished to say how much I like you, Mary. And Shelley.
John Polidori: I was just saying to Mr. Shelley that it would be a good idea to read horror stories during the evenings. Fiction is by far the best vaccine against reality.
Lord Byron: It is a very good idea, Polidori. But I propose that in honor of Shelley, instead of vaccinating ourselves against reality, we ...
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Connections

Version of Haunted Summer (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
(opening credits and throughout)
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As Beautiful as a Painting
7 July 2014 | by astridleeSee all my reviews

You could stop this picture on any frame and have a beautiful photograph suitable for framing. That is the only good thing I can say about it. The acting is generally horrible (although I did like Mr. Gomez) and the former reviewer's description of the hilarity of Hugh Grant howling in a boat is spot on. I blame the writing and directing. Most of these actors are capable of much better when given decent direction and decent dialogue to speak. The female characters are not shown to have any talent of their own, as we know at least Mrs. Shelley surely did. On the other hand, the men don't display much talent, either! This whole film is a bit like a soap opera on TV, but the acting doesn't rise to that quality. Turn the sound off and enjoy its visual beauty.


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