Gods And Monsters

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(out of 5)

Delicate, unforgettable drama based on Christopher Bram’s Father of Frankenstein, a hypothetical inference about the last days of reclusive film director James Whale (the original Karloff Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein). Whale was found perfectly dressed, drowned in his swimming pool in the 1950s without having left a suicide note, and Bill Condon’s perfect script concocts a story about the director (Ian McKellen) befriending his sexy gardener (Brendan Fraser in his best ever performance) in the hopes of getting him to help him do away with himself.  Lynn Redgrave is superbly wise and funny as Whale’s severely Catholic housekeeper who dotes on the filmmaker during his last days. One of the most intelligent and elegantly produced movies of the year, filled with lots of delicious references for movie buffs and touching moments for drama lovers.

United Kingdom/USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by Bill Condon, based on the novel Father Of Frankenstein by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Bill Condon)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ian McKellen as “James Whale”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lynn Redgrave as “Hanna”)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Lynn Redgrave)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Ian McKellen)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Ian McKellen)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Actor (Ian McKellen)
Best Music (Carter Burwell) (tie)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Ian McKellen)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Ian McKellen)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Ian McKellen)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Lynn Redgrave)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Feature
Best Male Lead (Ian McKellen)
Best Supporting Female (Lynn Redgrave)

Best Screenplay

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Lynn Redgrave)

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Performance, Male (Ian McKellen)