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Mary Shelley (2017)

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Life and facts of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who at 16 met 21 year old poet Percy Shelley, resulting in the writing of Frankenstein.

Director:

Haifaa Al-Mansour

Writers:

Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour (additional writing by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Hardy ... John Polidori
Elle Fanning ... Mary Shelley
Bel Powley ... Claire Clairmont
Stephen Dillane ... William Godwin
Maisie Williams ... Isabel Baxter
Douglas Booth ... Percy Shelley
Joanne Froggatt ... Mary Jane Clairmont
Tom Sturridge ... Lord Byron
Derek Riddell ... William Baxter
Hugh O'Conor ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Stuart Graham ... Publisher
Ciara Charteris ... Harriet Shelley
Jack Hickey ... Thomas Hogg
Sarah Lamesch ... Eliza
Donna Marie Sludds Donna Marie Sludds
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Storyline

On 1814, during Regency era, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16-years-old aspiring writer who lives in London working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, married by second time with Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of Mary's mother, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, and having a stepsister, Claire Clairmont. Casually, in a travel to Scotland in the house of a William's friends, Mary meets to the 21-years-old poet Percy Shelley, who shows a special interest on her. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets again with Percy when Percy appears on her house asking William to be his pupil. Fascinated by Percy, Mary starts a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, specially after to discover Percy as a married man with one little son. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, accompanied by Claire, who wants to live far from her ... Written by Chockys

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Her Greatest Love Inspired Her Darkest Creation See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and thematic elements including substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shelley - Un amore immortale See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,570, 27 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,321, 8 July 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,787,083, 4 September 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Haifaa Al-Mansour becomes the first Saudi female director ever to direct a Hollywood film. See more »

Goofs

In one of the scenes that take place during the stay of Mary in Scotland, while the characters walk through the field, a group of lumberjacks is cutting logs. But although they raise the ax and the blow is heard, it is clear how their tool does not touch the wood. See more »

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This film could easily be titled The Rise of Elle Fanning
9 June 2018 | by BoristhemoggySee all my reviews

I know there are some erudite comments about the accuracy of the story, but as this is just a story and does not claim to be an autobiographical account of Mary Shelley's life, I feel some inaccuracies matter less. The key thing for me is that the story was so excellently written using a diluted language of the day so as to be clearly understandable, and so brilliantly directed that there was never a dull or irrelevant moment and you felt encapsulated in the story the entire time, and the acting was so sublime so as to engage me wholly and perfectly both in the story and the execution of the story by the performers. Elle Fanning has acted such a wide breadth of roles now that she must be viewed as one of Hollywoods finest. I have never been left wanting by any of her films and she always makes me totally believe in her character. For her to slip easily between the mind bending scenes of How to Talk to Girls at Parties and into a thoughtful and intense role such as Mary Shelley shows she has no fear of any role but every skill needed for them all. My review is based on the writing, direction and acting an thoroughly deserves this almost perfect score.


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