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Last Friday saw the theatrical release of IFC Film’s Mary Shelley, a romantic period drama about one of horror’s most esteemed and important authors. For those who have the film in your area and have been uncertain as to whether or not you want to see it, we have a clip from the film that you can watch above.

In the clip, you’ll see Mary Shelley (Elle Fanning) speaking with Claire Clairmont (Bel Powley) to ascertain her thoughts about her writing. There’s a line that’s rather incredible where Clairmont says, “I wonder how many souls will sympathize with your creature’s torment? More than should, I expect.” Something about the cadence, the delivery, and the context makes it quite powerful, at least for me.

Mary Wollstonecraft’s family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when it finds that the couple has eloped, accompanied by Mary’s half-sister, Claire. While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her novel “Frankenstein.”

The film is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour from a script written by Al-Mansour and Emma Jensen and stars Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, and Bel Powley.

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