Just in time for Halloween, Bellingham Public Library, Pickford Film Center, and Humanities Washington host an evening of exploring Mary Shelley’s thought-provoking work “Frankenstein,” in a double-feature event that includes a free multimedia presentation about the classic novel, and the showing of a film, both on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.
Seattle’s Lance Rhoades, who completed his graduate studies in comparative literature and cinema studies at the University of Washington, where he now teaches those disciplines, seems the perfect person to lead a discussion on Shelley’s monumental Gothic work.
His talk, “Anatomy of a Masterpiece,” begins at 6 p.m. and is free, with tickets available at the Pickford box office. Rhoades will discuss such issues as who controls life and death and whether a man-made being has rights.
Zaki Barak Hamid, program director for| Humanities Washington, says that more than two centuries since its publication, “Frankenstein” has served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery and universal suffrage.
Classic novel is available in various formats through the Bellingham Public Library catalog.
Janice Keller, communications, community relations and programming manager at Bellingham Public Library, says Rhoades’ presentation is “multimedia” in that he shows slides and film clips during his presentation, and his presentation will be followed by audience discussion.
National Theatre Live’s presentation of “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, follows Rhoades’ talk at 8 p.m. A second showing of film is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Keller said the library applied to Humanities Washington for the event, and Pickford generously agreed to co-sponsor it and is providing the location. Keller adds that Shelley’s classic novel, as well as related writing and analysis, is available in various formats through the Bellingham Public Library catalog.
‘Frankenstein’ presentation and film
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
Where: Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St.
Cost: Presentation free; film tickets are $20 general admission, $16 Pickford members and Bellingham Public Library cardholders, and $10 for students.