Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Spain, 1988. Compañía Iberoamericana de TV, Ditirambo Films, Viking Films. Screenplay by Gonzalo Suarez. Cinematography by Carlos Suarez. Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez. Music by Alejandro Masso. Production Design by Wolfgang Burmann. Costume Design by Yvonne Blake. Film Editing by José Salcedo.
Produced in Spain with English actors and dialogue, this is another foray into the private summer shared by Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley when she wrote her perenially famous novel Frankenstein. It also offers glimpses at a very young Hugh Grant (just beginning his film career) and Elizabeth Hurley (before she had two eyebrows), the former who plays the decadent Byron, an immoral waif who cares very little for the happiness of his friends and family and simply follows his passions. Mary Shelley (Lizzy McInnerny), on the other hand, is much more sensitive, and starts to suspect after she’s written her novel that her creature has come to life and is following her and her husband everywhere they go. Terrific atmospheric photography really helps, but the story plods and doesn’t reveal too much that’s interesting.