Although British director James Whale (McKellen) had a varied (if short) Hollywood career in the '30s and '40s, his name rested on his Universal horror films: "The Invisible Man," "Frankenstein," and "The Bride of Frankenstein." Now long-retired and suffering from ill-health, the openly gay Whale lives quietly in L.A. with his protective housekeeper, Hanna (Redgrave). Whale does enjoy the company of his new gardener--hunky, hetero ex-Marine Clayton Boone (Fraser)--but a stroke has left the director with a confusing sense of reality--returning him to his soldiering days in WWI and "Frankenstein" re-creations. Brilliant performance from McKellen, with solid support from Fraser and Redgrave. Based on the novel "Father of Frankenstein" by Christopher Bram.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 105 minutes.
Oscars 1998: Adapt. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1999: Support. Actress (Redgrave); Ind. Spirit 1999: Actor (McKellen), Film, Support. Actress (Redgrave); L.A. Film Critics 1998: Actor (McKellen); Natl. Bd. of Review 1998: Actor (McKellen), Film; Broadcast Film Critics 1998: Actor (McKellen).
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