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Kenneth Brannaghs Frankenstein.

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Ellis Nichols. Kenneth Brannaghs Frankenstein. Kenneth Brannagh created his version of Frankenstein in 1994. His cast includes himself, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert De Niro and John Cleese. Of all film versions this one comes closest to Mary Shelley's novel. She was only 19 when her interpretation of Frankenstein was published in 1818. Brannaghs faithfulness and dedication to the literacy particularly shows in his presentation of the monster. A number of cinematic devices such as camera work, lighting and music are linked together to create an intensely atmospheric scene. Kenneth Brannaghs Frankenstein explores a very stubborn yet determined inventor possessed by a mission to create life but painfully unaware of the consequences of his actions. His overly ambitious and uncontrollably obsessed mind isolates him from his own fianc�e. He is desperately unaware of what he has to lose. Victor was brought up in a Genovese family as an only child until his mum died giving birth to his brother, William. Victor and his adopted sister, Elizabeth came to love one another before he went away to take his experiments further. ...read more.

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The camera angles used in the next couple of scenes indicates Frankenstein's despair and that he is trying to alienate himself from the outside world. During one of these scenes in which the monster is given his monstrous miserable life, Frankenstein takes his robe off. Brannagh has done this to show Victors unlimited power. Victors desperation is now communicated. He is so obsessed with his work that he doesn't even keep in contact with his family or his fianc�e, Elizabeth back in Geneva. As the experiment undergoes, the music kicks off once more. It adds to the spookiness in the scene. The eels are then released in to the tank. The audience are given a close up of the electrodes producing electricity. (His experiments with electricity are not mentioned in the novel). This is a significant shot because it constructs a daunting and spine-chilling effect. Victor then climbs on top of the tank and shouts "Live! Live!". At last his experiment is successful. The creature opens its eyes and Victor shouts "Yes! Yes!" He turns the power off and dashes back to the tank. ...read more.

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Silence also plays an important role in the sequence. This occurs when he realises the creature is alive after all. Another cinematic device that is instrumental in denoting tension and suspense is lighting. The atmospheric qualities suggest death and despair. When I watched the film I noticed minimal lighting such as candle lighting, natural light and soft spotlights. These add to the atmosphere in the scene where Victor is preparing for the experiment. I found that the natural light was most effective because it denotes Victor is shutting himself out from the rest of the world. He is too weak to face his family or friends and puts his life on the line for the sake of his experiments. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein recreates the genre in cinematic form. It brings dramatic quality to the sequence. I think this the best version of Frankenstein because it has a massive effect on the audience. The music heightens the feeling of suspense, the sound intensifies the suspenseful quality and the lighting denotes tension and suspense. Also, the spookiness in the laboratory intensifies it even more and has viewers on the edge of their seats throughout the scene. . ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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