FRANKENSTEIN: Seeking to better understand Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the original manuscript and traces the story of Mary's life. She finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself, discovers clues of another writer's influence, sees a critique of the Romantic ideal of the solitary creative genius, and examines the influence of Mary's parents. Professor Roberts shows that the ideas informing Frankenstein make the novel much more than a simple horror story. Mary Shelley's account does deal in death, but ultimately it provokes us to ask questions about how we live.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY: This film explores the life of English writer Percy Bysshe Shelley, from his rebellious days at school to his untimely death at the age of 30. A brief overview of his work includes pamphlets and poems.
Frankenstein The Vampyre