Friday, June 06, 2008


In 1910 Thomas Edison's studios produced the first ever film version of Frankenstein. It was thought lost. A full version of the history of this short film is here.

The film has finally made it on to YouTube.
Part One
Part Two

The creation sequence is cool (for 1910). And interestingly, the film posits the creature as essentially evil (evil in the heart of Frankenstein himself leads the creature to be evil), a theme echoed in the 1931 film version (where the creature's evil is attributed to an abnormal brain), and in sharp contrast with Shelley's novel where the creature is born innocent but only driven to evil by human hatred. As the creature himself states in the novel, "I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend."