Lord Byron (Gabriel Byrne), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Julian Sands), Mary Godwin Shelley (Natasha Richardson) and other literary luminaries gather at a Geneva villa on 16 June 1816 for a night of weird frenzy during the storm that inspired Shelley to write Frankenstein.
There are eerie séances, orgies galore, thunder and lightning, rats in the wine cellar, mind-blowing hallucinations – all laid on thick and eloquent by director Ken Russell who wallows in the excess. Yet it’s all just so much garish gibberish – uninvolving and hard to sort out.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mary Godwin Shelley
Turkish Mechanical Woman