Frankenstein, released in 1910 by Edison Studios, is a short film so it tells the story in a simple and easy to understand way. To create the monster, Frankenstein throws a bunch of chemicals and potions into a giant cauldron and then suddenly, the monster is born. This creation of the monster differs substantially from the classic novel written by Mary Shelly, because the original source material describes Frankenstein’s monster’s origins as being the result of science and stitching together a bunch of body parts. For 1910, the special effects are incredible, a true monument that demonstrates how film directors were so creative with limited resources back then.
In the vintage feature, there is an interesting shot in which Victor Frankenstein looks into the mirror and sees the creature instead of his reflection. This camera shot is a good use of symbolism that shows how the creature is a split being of Frankenstein himself, and will forever be a part of him. The film is only about 16 minutes long and is the first screen incarnation of one of the world’s most famous monsters. I recommend checking it out, just for its landmark stance in the world of cinema.