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March 25, 2012


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Not David Bordwell

I know, this is TERRIBLY OBVIOUS, but as I teach this text every fall... (No, Doctor, you MUZN'T!)


"Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley, to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines were discussed, and among others the nature of the principle of life, and whether there was any probability of its ever being discovered and communicated. They talked of the experiments of Dr. Darwin, (I speak not of what the Doctor really did, or said that he did, but, as more to my purpose, of what was then spoken of as having been done by him,) who preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case, till by some extraordinary means it began to move with voluntary motion. Not thus, after all, would life be given. Perhaps a corpse would be re-animated; galvanism had given token of such things: perhaps the component parts of a creature might be manufactured, brought together, and endued with vital warmth."

—Mary Shelley, Introduction to the 1831 edition of FRANKENSTEIN

"Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?"

—Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 1974

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