Boris Karloff is the screen’s most memorable creature in the story of Dr. Frankenstein, who tampers with life and death when he pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.

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Kevin Toma has written a new score to accompany this film classic. In Lumière he will perform the score live on piano and synthesizer.

For this score, Toma was inspired by Frans Waxman’s score for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) and Frank Skinner’s score for SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939). For Toma, it’s not just a case of conjuring a creepy or dramatic atmosphere. Toma deviates from the classical ‘Frankenstein’ interpretation: an investigation of the boundaries of science and the risks of artificial human intelligence. For Toma, the story is more about a deep, ineradicable loneliness. ‘The monster roams around, rudderless, as the only one of his kind, incapable of finding a meaningful place in the human world’, says Toma. ‘With my music I emphasise that tragic aspect and make the monster more human and his story more poignant.’

James Whale, USA, 1931, 70 min. English spoken, without subtitles. With Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan.