Gothic (1986) – Russell’s Surreal Portrait of Creative Darkness

Gothic (1986)

I was eager to revisit Ken Russell’s 1986 cult classic Gothic. This surreal and stylized take on the fabled night Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein has all the ingredients to delight fans of phantasmagoric cinema. Russell wastes no time plunging viewers into the libertine world of Lord Byron, surrounding the poet with bosomy maidens and scandalized tourists. Upon arrival at Byron’s Lake Geneva estate, Percy Bysshe Shelley can barely contain his ardor, quoting poetry amid lightning … Read The Full Article