Films


The following films are on reserve in Magill Library, Haverford College and can be taken out overnight. There are also copies in the Haverford Video Collection that can be used in the building, and copies available on a weekly basis from the Swarthmore Library.

 

Frankenstein (1931), directed by James Whale. The original Frankenstein film; just as Mary Shelley created a mytholgy and iconographythrough the novel,so, too, do the films. The recent film Gods and Monsters (1999)describes sympathetically James Whale's laterlife, which was overshadowed by this single film.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), directed by Kenneth Branagh, with Robert DeNiro as the monster. Faithful to the book in depicting an articulate monster (see Brooks for the significance of "monstrous language").

Young Frankenstein (1974), directed by Mel Brooks, with Gene Wilder. There may be better Frankenstein films, but none funnier: "Walk this way!!!"

Sense and Sensibility (1995), directed by Ang Lee, with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Perhaps the most charming of the recent Austen films, it is also a careful and compelling reading of the text.

Mrs. Dalloway (1977), with Vanessa Redgrave. Although it seems axiomatic that Woolf's x could not be faithfully rendered cinematically, the film is surprisingly successful and often moving.

 


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