Happy 100th Birthday, Frankenstein!

Charles Ogle as Frankenstein's creation

Charles Ogle as Frankenstein's creation

Writing at NorthJersey.com, Jim Beckerman notes that today is the 100th anniversary of the first film version of FRANKENSTEIN, produced by Thomas Edison in 1910. The twelve-minute silent film was long thought lost until a surviving copy was traced to a collector in the 1980s. Directed by J. Searle Dawley, with Charles Ogle as the monster, this FRANKENSTEIN is an interesting little movie, obviously with its story much condensed from Mary Shelly’s 1818 novel. The film more fantastical than frightening, with a highly symbolic ending that takes Shelly’s doppleganger theme (Victor Frankenstein and his monster are mirror images of each other) and renders it in literal terms - definitely a curiosity piece worth checking out.

We posted the video in April of last year. You can find it here.

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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