The Falmouth Reads Together program is already underway and this time around the town is tackling Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The community-wide program promotes reading and literacy and incorporates a variety of activities for adults and children including lectures and book discussions.
"The complexity of Frankenstein’s themes, and its enduring influence on popular culture, are what drew the committee to this choice," said Falmouth Reads Together Committee chair Jayne Iafrate. “That this brilliant work was created by a teenager is just stunning!”
A highlight of the program is the free six-week film series kicking off Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at the Falmouth Public Library on Main Street. Over the course of the film series, six Frankenstein movies will be shown in chronological order beginning with the seminal horror film, Frankenstein (1931, B&W) starring Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein.
The next two films are sequels to the 1931 classic, Bride of Frankenstein (1935-B&W) starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Elsa Lanchester on February 22 and Son of Frankenstein (1939-B&W) starring Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi on .
Numbers three and four in the series will tickle your funny bone. First up is Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948-Color-PG) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney on March 8, then Young Frankenstein (1974-Color-PG) starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle and Cloris Leachman on March 15.
Last in the series, it's back to the more serious stuff of Shelley's novel with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994-Color-R) starring Robert DeNiro, Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter on March 22.
Before last spring, the community-wide book event was called "What's Falmouth Reading?". Since the program began in 2003, together Falmouth has read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Moby-Dick by Herman Melville among others.
Copies of Frankenstein are available at the Falmouth Public Library on Main Street and are also downloadable through CLAMS Overdrive.
Watch the trailer for the first Frankenstein below, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.