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[Nov. 3rd, 2014|07:19 am]

Halloween evening Christine and i sat down and watched Frankenstein (1931) then the X-File episode Post-modern Prometheus.

The cognitive challenge for me was watching the 1931 episode and wonder, was it really a horror film when it came out? Did audiences identify the horror as the initial bullying? Or was all of that invisible to the sensibilities of the time? Was the identification of Victor Frankenstein as the monster immediate?

(Having not read the book, either, i wonder how many had read the book before seeing the film -- the loose derivation may be significant in distinguishing the interpretations of the characters.)

I note both Dracula (1897) and Frankenstein (1818) were epistolary: i wonder at the technique and whether that was just the thing at the time (although eighty years seems to argue against "at the time").


The cleaning experience was good. I stayed and cleaned, too, although it was more clutter shifting than scrubbing. I ran laundry (a load of slip covers).

I've two more visits to use this year under the auspices of the Groupon. I wonder if they clean insides of refrigerators and shower curtains. And refrigerator coils.


Yesterday we felt like we got the extra hour over and over: slept in, more afternoon time, more evening time! Waking up today i hardly notice it.

The challenge will be the darkness of homecoming.


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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-11-06 03:01 pm (UTC)
I think i'd like to read the letters the way i read the letters of Dracula, posted in the time sequence indicated in the novel. The gaps of time were fascinating in experiencing Dracula.
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[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2014-11-03 07:05 pm (UTC)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly wrote the novel for the amusement of her friends, considering that, i thought it was quite good when i read it many, many years ago. If she had a model, it was the Yiddish Golem, (a super man-like human creation "without a soul" designed for protection and destruction.) I always thought of it as anti-technology, maybe anti arrogance.

I saw the movie at age 13? (1946 or7) Ir was one of the first movies i saw (maybe THE first). I think i was more fascinated by the medium than by its content. I think i took it as a story, meant to scare and entertain. By the time i read the book, i had already read a lot about the book. I still could not see it as much more than it was on its face.

In one version, the creature is given the brain of a deceased criminal, as if to explain what went wrong.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2014-11-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I saw the movie as definitely anti-arrogance, with obsessed scientist as the villain and the monster as a victim. The interaction between Fritz the hunchback and the monster seems like the obvious explanation of why things went wrong to my modern eyes, but the collection of the criminal brain is there too.
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