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Frankenstein and 2081

Wonderful news: the original soundtrack by Lee Brooks for the amazing film 2081 (based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron") is finally available at iTunes. I've been waiting for this! Listen here to understand why.

I continue to be very excited about reading (my copy's en route) and then seeing Nick Dear's play Frankenstein. I've just reread the original novel to get me in the right frame of mind. There are wonderful new images of the play up here at The Daily Mail, here at The Telegraph, and here at Playbill. Frankensteinia has a collection of reviews here. And this is the official trailer for the National Theatre Live performances. The delivery of "God was proud of Adam" just wrenches my soul:

"Paradise Lost excited different and far deeper emotions. I read it, as I had read the other volumes which had fallen into my hands, as a true history. It moved every feeling of wonder and awe that the picture of an omnipotent God warring with his creatures was capable of exciting. I often referred the several situations, as their similarity struck me, to my own. Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect. He had come forth from the hands of God a perfect creature, happy and prosperous, guarded by the especial care of his Creator; he was allowed to converse with and acquire knowledge from beings of a superior nature, but I was wretched, helpless, and alone."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus


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Feb. 24th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! That does look amazing.
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Doesn't it? I'm really fascinated by it.
Feb. 24th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
how did i never know about 2081? harrison bergeron was one of my favorite vonnegut stories ever!
Feb. 24th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely stunning. Beautifully done. It stays very, very close to the story. I'm using it in my dystopias class (after the students have read the original story) later this semester, as a matter of fact. I highly recommend checking it out! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Netflix carries it yet (Why?!?!?), but it's very much worth the purchase cost, even though it's a short film.
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)

had a friend post this, died laughing, immediately thought of you. :)
Feb. 24th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
The trailer for the stage production is fascinating! Gosh, I wish I could see it both ways! Do you think they'll record it?

Edited at 2011-02-24 05:15 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
I wish I could, too! Fortunately, the sole offering around here is the one I wanted to see more (Cumberbatch as the Creature), but I feel like I'm missing part of the picture without seeing both actors in both roles.

I am hoping that, since this is already a sold-out hit, they will film both versions and release them on DVD, like was done with David Tennant's recent turn in Hamlet. *fingers and toes crossed* Nothing that I've seen has mentioned this yet, but I hope it happens.
Feb. 26th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
Have you seen any reviews?

The consensus seems to be that the staging and the two leads are awesome (with Cumberbatch being slightly the better Victor) but that the adaptation itself is a litle flawed and the secondary characters a little neglected.
Feb. 26th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
That's right, and from what I've read it looks like, overall, the reviews from the two recent press nights are significantly better than the ones from the earlier preview nights (especially about the staging), which suggests that some of the rough spots have been smoothed out over the past couple of weeks. It also seems that BC's and JLM's creature are both quite strong but with quite different strengths. I do wonder how much the script has changed since the play was published earlier this month - a bit, is my guess, but I suppose I'll find out soon enough. ;)
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
I was tempted to try and get a day ticket as I've been in London most of the week but I've been swamped with work to do for the course. Doubt I'll get there now :o(
Feb. 26th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
PS. With all this interest, I do hope they'll end up offering both performances on DVD after the full run on stage, as they did with David Tennant's recent turn as Hamlet.
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
I hope so. I would think the fact that few people will get to see both versions of the play might be the incentive for them to do this.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I'm hoping the fact they've just announced the soundtrack is being released is another sign that a DVD might happen. Obviously, there's an audience willing to buy these things!

Edited at 2011-03-03 03:00 pm (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for the links; I had been wondering if they'd had their review performance yet. Sounds like a haunting production. Of course, as a ridiculous little fangirl, I'd already bought tickets to both performances, but it's definitely good to know I will probably not mind at all sitting through it twice.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'd love to hear your thoughts on seeing them both. I'm counting down the days 'til I get to see it... My copy of the play just arrived, so I'm going to devour it ASAP. Did you see the soundtrack is going to be released? That bodes well for a DVD version, too, I hope. I'm just obsessive enough that I'll need a DVD to compare specific scenes in both versions back-to-back.
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