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Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound

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One of the most underrated films of 1990, representing Corman's directorial comeback after 19 years, adapts Brian Aldiss's intellectually ambitious novel about a 21st-century scientist (John Hurt) who finds himself in Geneva in 1816, where he meets Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) and her famous fictional creations, Frankenstein and his monster. Far from a total success (and apparently hampered by some studio recutting), this metaphysical reflection on technology with SF and monster-movie trimmings is packed with wit, originality, and eccentricity. If you missed it the first time around--which wasn't hard to do, given its perfunctory promotion and distribution--you should definitely catch it. With Raul Julia and Michael Hutchence. (Music Box, Monday, March 25)

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