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Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving ... See full summary »

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Declan Whitebloom
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Jonathan Adams ... Narrator (voice)
Kenneth Branagh ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Colin Clive ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Robert De Niro ... The Creature (archive footage)
Jessica DeShaw Jessica DeShaw ... Clare Clairmont (as Jessica Wyckoff)
Matt Drago ... Lord Byron
Andre Fenton Andre Fenton ... Himself / neuroscientist, New York University
Dwight Frye ... Fritz in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Craig Harvey ... Himself / Chief Coroner Investigator, Los Angeles County
Michio Kaku ... Himself - Theoretical Physicist (as Dr. Michio Kaku)
Boris Karloff ... The Monster in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Kim Stanley Robinson Kim Stanley Robinson ... Himself / science-fiction author
Gavin Scott ... Himself / writer
Ridley Scott ... Himself
Jeffrey Steinberg Jeffrey Steinberg ... Himself / U.S. Director, The Fertility Institutes [this is not the same Jeffrey Steinberg in IMDB database]
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Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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English

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9 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Deadly Air Around Us
By Craig Stuart Garfinkle
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Prophetic, indeed
14 November 2013 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This documentary episode consists of expert(of different fields, including biographers and fellow writers) interviews, narration, real life footage of advances, movie clips(mainly from Kenneth Branaugh's version - to which I say, well chosen), reenactments(some animated) and computer simulations(of the possibilities of current research).

It goes into many aspects of the iconic work of Mary Shelley, the first author of the genre of sci-fi - Frankenstein. All of it is viewed through the lens of "what have we discovered since then/what are we likely to arrive at in the near future". This is well-edited and keeps to a solid pace.

The elements gone into include the relationship between electricity and the human form, reusing/replacing body parts, the creation of new, potentially smart, life, and crafting new species.

There is brutal, violent and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of the novel and/or learning about science. 8/10


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