Friday, October 26th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery.
On Friday, October 26, 2018, screened in conjunction with Frankenreads, an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America, the Library presents Frankenstein 1970!
FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (Allied Artists, 1958). Directed by Howard W. Koch. Screenplay by Richard Landau and George Worthing Yates, from an original story by Aubrey Schenck and Charles A. Moses. With Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Donald Barry, Charlotte Austin. (83 min, black & white, CinemaScope, 35mm).
Twenty-seven years after creating Frankenstein’s iconic monster, Boris Karloff appeared as a descendant of Baron Frankenstein himself in this low-budget horror set in 1970, but with a distinctly late-1950’s look. Moving with the times, the Baron, hunchbacked and crippled from being tortured by the Nazis during World War 2, now uses an atomic reactor for his experiments and rents the family’s German estate to an American TV crew making a movie about his famous ancestor. Reflecting the writers’ efforts to update the Frankenstein story to the modern era, the film’s publicity trumpeted, “The One… The Only KING OF MONSTERS as the new demon of the atomic age.” Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.
Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
For more information on our programs, please visit the Mary Pickford Theater website.
The Mary Pickford Theater is located on the 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20540.