Creation from Abandonment and Abuse: Nora Unkel’s A Nightmare Wakes

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. Mary Shelley’s nightmare wakes, explains the film, because her life was a waking nightmare.” The events surrounding the birth of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein are almost as famous as the novel itself. During the rainy summer of 1816, the scandalous Lord Byron played host to […]

Fabric and Fog, and Tied Together: Visconti’s White Nights (1957)

By Joe McElhaney. I. Fabric and Fog For Visconti, though, the white nights are those of winter, with the electric lights of the film’s urban setting creating one manifestation of white….” Dostoevsky’s white nights are those of a summer, when the sky of Petersburg “was so bright and starry.”(1) The […]