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Mary Shelley

2017, Haifaa Al-Mansour, UK/Luxembourg/USA, 120 min. With Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 1st 3:45pm
  • Fri, Jun 1st 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 2nd 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 2nd 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jun 3rd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 4th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jun 5th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jun 6th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jun 7th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A luscious-looking spectacle, drenched in the colors and visceral sensation of nature, the sensuality of young lovers, the passionate disappointment of loss and betrayal…breaks out of the well-worn mold of period drama." - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Fanning and Booth's chemistry is blindingly intense…wild swings from revelry to desperation to inspiration." - Jason Bailey, Village Voice

The madness of first love and the despair of abandonment are the oppositional forces that drive the young Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Fanning) to pour all her passion and pain into penning the iconic haunted tale of the monster rejected by his creator Dr. Frankenstein. This fictionalized account of three pivotal years in the author's life is given a bold feminist slant by director Al-Mansour (WADJDA). Sumptuous production design matches the peaks of emotion when teenage Mary, daughter of radicals, is swept off her feet by the notorious poet Percy Shelley (Booth), a reckless rake dedicated to free love, only to find him an adulterous cad, and the ultimate rival for control of her work. Accompanied by her half-sister Claire (Powley), the couple's escape from convention leads to a downward spiral of revelry, poverty, and libidinous living, culminating at the dissolute Lord Byron's villa, where Mary rises to the challenge to write a ghost story. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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