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.


Thomas Simpson


4 thoughts on “Frankenstein 1910

  1. Do you think that J.K Rowling’s got her idea to make Voldemort come back to life from this adaption where things are just thrown into a cauldron? Do you believe that the overall message that is found within the novel is well adapted in this short movie? Love your post! Looking forward to reading more movie analysis!
    (Anna-Lena Johanson)


  2. Hi Al, thanks for the insight! I suppose J.K Rowling could have gotten her inspiration from this film, but I do doubt it. This movie adaptation was considered lost for over 50 years and was only discovered to still exist in around the 1970’s. However, there is a possibility that she was inspired by the 1931 Universal version of Frankenstein, it did have an astronomical impact in the world of cinema.

    As for this 1910 version being a solid adaptation I would have to say yes, for sure. Granted the movie is only a few minutes long, but keep in mind that this is over a hundred years ago, the tools used were completely different from in today’s movies. I believe it did the story of Frankenstein justice and was able to convey some sort of message to the audience.

    Thanks again for your comments!


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