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Haunted Summer (1988)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1989 (UK)
In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino, Ann Edwards (novel) (as Anne Edwards)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Philip Anglim ... George Gordon, Lord Byron
Laura Dern ... Claire Clairmont
Alice Krige ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Eric Stoltz ... Percy Shelley
Alex Winter ... Dr. John William Polidori
Peter Berling ... Maurice
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Rushton (as Don Hodson)
Giusto Lo Pipero Giusto Lo Pipero ... Berger
Antoinette McLain Antoinette McLain ... Elise
Terry Richards ... Fletcher
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Based on the infamous Summer of 1816 when Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein", it chronicles the mind games and manipulations that were the halmarks of the intense and neurotic relationships that existed among Byron, Shelley, Mary, and her step-sister Claire Godwin. Written by CD

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Förtrollad sommar See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Producer Raymond Stress first announced this in May 1971. See more »

Quotes

Lord Byron: Are you not concerned for your sister?
Claire Clairmont: It is your terror I come to witness.
Lord Byron: Ah!
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Connections

Version of Rowing with the Wind (1988) See more »

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More interesting than you might imagine
1 March 2003 | by suessisSee all my reviews

While "Gothic" (Ken Russell's surprisingly good psychotic drug trip fantasy) has attracted more of a following, this film simply took a different route to chronicle the intensely powerful relationships that existed among this group of artists and writers.

Phillip Anglim's performance dominates every other. He grips the part of Byron with an iron hand and draws the viewer into this story. While, Alice Kreige and Eric Stolz also offer good performances they sometimes become lost in Anglim's. Alex Winter's and Laura Dern's sometimes seem to disappear into the scenery.

While this film is not exactly a masterpiece, it is worthy of more attention than it has had. It makes the lives of these people more accessible than "Gothic" did. It breathes life into people that Americans tend to view simply as moth eaten old poets with scandalous and mythical reputations who's work they are forced to read in school.


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