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Frankenstein at 200

At movie awards ceremonies, most winners thank their stars, their agents, their significant others. Guillermo del Toro, during his victory lap this year for “The Shape of Water,” thanked a teenager who had been dead for more than 150 years. “So many times, when I want to give up, when I think about giving up,” he said onstage at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards in February, “I think of her.” “She gave voice to the voiceless, and presence to the invisible,” he continued, “and showed me that sometimes to talk about monsters, we need to fabricate monsters of our own.” Del Toro, the leading cinematic monster-maker of our time, was talking about Mary Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein,” and not for the first time. Adapting the novel — begun when Shelley was only 18 — has long been a dream project for The world will have to wait for del Toro’s version, but this is Frankenstein’s year. The novel’s 200th anniversary has inspired a cavalcade of exhibitions, performances and events around the world, from Ingolstadt, the Bavarian home of Victor Frankenstein’s fictional lab, to the hell mouth of Indiana, which in a bid to become the epicenter of American Franken-frenzy, has held more than 600 events since January.

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