Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the timeless cautionary tale of man meddling with nature and forbidden knowledge, has seen countless adaptations in just about every conceivable medium. Now, one of its best incarnations is coming to the Denver Film Society: the National Theatre’s award-winning staging, directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) and starring cult favorites Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Hackers).
“Of all of [the National Theatre Live productions] I’ve seen — and I think I’ve seen about twenty so far — this is the best. It’s the most accessible, but it’s also true to the Shelley novel,” says Ernie Quiroz, programming manager for the DFS. “If your only version of Frankenstein is the Boris Karloff or one of the horrible other [film] versions, I think you’ll be surprised.”
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Recorded live during the play’s 2011 production, the show features alternate versions, with Cumberbatch and Miller taking turns portraying the Monster and Victor Frankenstein. See the version with Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m., or catch the one with Miller in the doctor’s role tomorrow at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m, at the Sie Film Center, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $18, or $15 for DFS members. For information and tickets, visit denverfilm.org.
Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m., 2014