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THE COMPLETE TORTUROUS STORY of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein is narrated in this 100th Anniversary edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film and then some. This highly researched document begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre- Hollywo THE COMPLETE TORTUROUS STORY of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein is narrated in this 100th Anniversary edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film and then some. This highly researched document begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre- Hollywood film history. The story unfolds of the making of the film and its disappearance on to the actual re-discovery of the long-lost 1910 Frankenstein film starring Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips, and Mary Fuller, and finally getting it released on DVD. Helped step-by-step with obscure Edison Manufacturing Co. documents and numerous rare photographs, many published for the very first time, this motion picture, its unknown impact on later Frankenstein films and intertextuality are finally revealed and brought back to life. Created in a style that appeals to all audiences, author Wiebel brings forth a living book from dead tissues. Edison's Frankenstein stands on its own in the world of horror filmography and is a welcome edition to any library. "Of the over 400 books on Frankenstein that I have in my library, this is the gem of my collection and the one I've been waiting for." - Forrest J. Ackerman


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THE COMPLETE TORTUROUS STORY of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein is narrated in this 100th Anniversary edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film and then some. This highly researched document begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre- Hollywo THE COMPLETE TORTUROUS STORY of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein is narrated in this 100th Anniversary edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film and then some. This highly researched document begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre- Hollywood film history. The story unfolds of the making of the film and its disappearance on to the actual re-discovery of the long-lost 1910 Frankenstein film starring Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips, and Mary Fuller, and finally getting it released on DVD. Helped step-by-step with obscure Edison Manufacturing Co. documents and numerous rare photographs, many published for the very first time, this motion picture, its unknown impact on later Frankenstein films and intertextuality are finally revealed and brought back to life. Created in a style that appeals to all audiences, author Wiebel brings forth a living book from dead tissues. Edison's Frankenstein stands on its own in the world of horror filmography and is a welcome edition to any library. "Of the over 400 books on Frankenstein that I have in my library, this is the gem of my collection and the one I've been waiting for." - Forrest J. Ackerman

33 review for Edison's Frankenstein

  1. 4 out of 5

    Josh Dean Coupland

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. JD Book Review #5 "Edisons Frankenstein" The Making/History of 1910 short film Frankenstein - Frankenstein what comes to mind when I say that word? I'm guessing most people would think of Boris Karloff or maybe Christopher Lee but before them, two actors and many others took on the classic monster role there was Charles Ogle in a short 16min film made by Edison Studios. This book is all about Frankenstein 1910 the first-ever movie adaptation of the monster. I am a big fan of silent films everything f JD Book Review #5 "Edisons Frankenstein" The Making/History of 1910 short film Frankenstein - Frankenstein what comes to mind when I say that word? I'm guessing most people would think of Boris Karloff or maybe Christopher Lee but before them, two actors and many others took on the classic monster role there was Charles Ogle in a short 16min film made by Edison Studios. This book is all about Frankenstein 1910 the first-ever movie adaptation of the monster. I am a big fan of silent films everything from Charlie Chaplin & Buster Keaton all the way too Nosferatu & Lon Chaney and his many roles. However one thing really struck me as odd there was a silent Phantom Of The Opera, Wolfman, Dracula but there wasn't any Frankenstein or was there? Back when I first got into silent films I wasn't aware of short films so I never saw any of the early stuff I only knew of full-length silents until about a year ago. Finding this movie isn't too hard it's all over the internet and has even been remastered and looks amazing for a film over 100 years old but even knowing how you can find this no worries now back in the day that wasn't so easy because this was for the longest time a lost film. It's not uncommon a lot of silent films are lost (London After Midnight) but sometimes there found again and it's always a mission to try and get them preserved and cleaned up for all to enjoy. After watching the short film myself I was left with a fair few questions like: - Why was the monster made in an oven/pot? - How come these scenes where used? - Was there any footage that got shot and never used like deleted scenes maybe? Okay yes, some I'm sure I could answer myself but as a filmmaker, I had to look at this differently to the everyday viewer and I looked all over the internet and none of my questions where answered and then I saw this book. Now don't get me wrong I first went wow a making of the book all about a 16min silent short film I wonder how much history and behind the scenes could be involved turns out quite a lot. The author of this amazing book is Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr who I had read a bit of his work in "We Belong Dead: The Films Of Frankenstein" he is the one that wrote the essay in that book about you guessed it the 1910 Frankenstein. I noticed the layout of both this book and "We Belong Dead" is very similar in the presentation which was a nice bonus. I have to say the amount of research that would have gone into making this book truly shows and even the photographs a lot of them have never been seen before this book truly is a love of care and attention that Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr has for the creation of this short film that we have it to view to this day. Yes Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr is a big reason to why we can see this film in all its glory n there is a very long detailed chapter about the searching and finding/restoring the short film for everyone to enjoy. However, this book goes into along just the making of the short (There's awhole chapter dedicated to that which includes the whole script and drafts of scenes there were not filmed) but also we get chapters about Marry Shelly and her Novel, the cast of this short, and my favourite chapters all about the Edison Studios and another chapter about how they created the first horror film which was a nice addition. Other versions of Frankenstein that came after the 1910s is also mentioned with some photos. I am gonna wrap this up now but like I've said this is a labour of love and it's well worth tracking down and reading. If anyone is a fan of Frankenstein or Silent Films or even Tomas Edison then this book will be a great addition to your collection. Just remember if you watch a silent film like this one it's best to think of yourself as if you're a viewer from the period that way you will get way more understanding and appreciate the film more. I'll take a quote from the back of the book and put my spin on it. " Out of all the books I have collected over the past year on Frankenstein and all the movies I have seen. This is by far one of the best that has not only been published on Frankenstein but also one of the best making-of books and I truly am happy to have this in my collection"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Pretty comprehensive, but suffers from a lack of editing. ("Baited breath," "illusive" for "elusive" and similar throughout. Some sentences mangled beyond comprehension.) Pretty comprehensive, but suffers from a lack of editing. ("Baited breath," "illusive" for "elusive" and similar throughout. Some sentences mangled beyond comprehension.)

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    Brian

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