Gods and Monsters (1998): One of our greatest gay actors, Sir Ian McKellen, plays James Whale, the gay movie director who brought Frankenstein and The Invisible Man to the screen in 1930s Hollywood (and demonstrated his versatility by helming the first film version of Show Boat). While Whale is a real-life figure, Gods and Monsters is a fantasia on his last days, showing him largely forgotten by the film industry and drawn to a young, straight gardener, played by Brendan Fraser. McKellen’s performance as this gifted, tragic man is extraordinary and heartbreaking. Bill Condon won an Oscar for his screenplay, adapted from Christopher Bram’s novel Father of Frankenstein; McKellen was nominated, but he was robbed.
Ian McKellan, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. A fascinating portrait of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale. 1998/color/106 min/R/widescreen.
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