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In collaboration with Penn Bioethics Film Festival:

The Bride of Frankenstein

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Tuesday 3/20
5:30 pm
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Dir. James Whale, USA, 1935, 75 min.


The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine will host its third annual Bioethics Film Festival, Frankenstein, March 20-22.

The screening of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) will begin at 6 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30pm. In addition to the screening there will be a discussion of the film with Penn faculty, Lance Wahlert, and special guests- Mark Greenberg of Drexel University and Susan Lederer, a distinguished University of Wisconsin historian and authority on the novel, Frankenstein, and its influence. Her book, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, accompanied a National Library of Medicine exhibit in 2002.

The Bride of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale, is the classic sequel to Whale's classic horror film Frankenstein, which helped define the horror genre in that decade. In the sequel, Frankenstein's monster (Boris Karloff) is "back" from the dead, and while he continues to scare people around and occasionally kill, he's also lonely and wants a friend. He comes across villainy Dr. Pretorious (Ernst Thesiger), where they both force Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive), by means of kidnapping fiancée Elizabeth (Valerie Hobson), to create a bride for the monster. Elsa Lanchester plays The Bride in possibly the most famous scene of the movie. She also plays Mary Shelley, the real author of the story, in the opening scene of the film. 

This year's other films in the Penn Bioethics Film Festival are Young Frankenstein (1974) on March 21, and Blade Runner – The Final Cut (1982, re-released 2007) on March 22.