Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley - The GBY

We have been stalking Mary Shelley on IMDB since we stood in a rush line at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is now streaming on Amazon Prime (pay per view).  This is a movie about a lonely young girl, brought up by her socially broadminded widowed father.  Missing her mother, she is desperately looking for anything that will make her life special.  She meets Percy Bysshe Shelley, a follower of her father’s.  He pursues her until she admits she is in love with him.   She and the married Shelley run off with her step sister, Claire Clairmont, to live a life of debt and ostracism.  After years of disappointment due to Shelley’s infidelity and the loss of her child, Mary is distraught.  While vacationing in Switzerland, Lord Byron, puts forth a challenge to write the best ghost story.  This leads her to vent her frustration, anger and fear of rejection into writing Frankenstein.  Equally interesting was the literary worlds response to her and her book during the publishing process.  Elle Fanning does a good job as Mary Shelley; fragile, distant for fear of being rejected, finally coming into her own.  Bel Powley plays the vacuous stepsister, Claire, with ease.  So nice to see Joanne Froggatt & Maisie Williams.  It is interesting that Douglas Booth (Shelley) and Tom Sturridge (Lord Byron) are more beautiful than the actresses.   We enjoyed this movie.

Our Rating

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer

Official Synopsis:

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

Mary Shelley Toronto International Film Festival Question & Answer


Principle Cast Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, Douglas Booth
Director Haifaa Al-Mansour
Screenwriter Emma Jensen, Haifaa Al-Mansour
Cinematographer David Ungaro
Editor Alex Mackie
 Production Companies BFI, Irish Film Board, HanWay Films
Run Time 120 minutes
Genre Drama, Biography, Romance
Premier Toronto International Film Festival 2017

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