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Rowing with the Wind (1988)

Remando al viento (original title)
The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through ... See full summary »

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Gonzalo Suárez

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Gonzalo Suárez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny ... Mary Shelley
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Hurley ... Claire Clairmont
José Luis Gómez ... John Polidori
Virginia Mataix ... Elisa
Ronan Vibert ... Fletcher
José Carlos Rivas José Carlos Rivas ... Criatura
Kate McKenzie Kate McKenzie ... Jane Williams
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Edward Williams
Terence Taplin ... Godwin (as Terry Taplin)
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Fanny
Bibiana Fernández ... Fornarina (as Bibí Andersen)
Josep Maria Pou ... Oficial aduana (as José María Pou)
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Teresa Guiccioli
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through different European countries in that period. Although Frankenstein is just an invention strange things happen to the people Mary does not like. Written by Volker Boehm

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A gothic and sexy exploration of one of literature's greatest creations, Rowing With The Wind elegantly captures the spirit of horror and romance of the time. See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

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Rowing with the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Asturias, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of eight (8) films available on the 2012, 2-DVD set, "British Cinema Collections: 8 Acclaimed Films". The films are:

Disc 1: "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), "The Inheritance" (1997), Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1948), and Robert Louis Stevenson's "St. Ives" (1998).

Disc 2: "School for Seduction" (2004), "Dirty Pretty Things"" (2002), "Rogue Trader" (1999), and "ROWING WITH THE WIND" (1988). See more »

Quotes

Percy Bysshe Shelley: But it is only a castle. The horror is in the minds of men that make it a symbol of oppression.
Lord Byron: [chuckles] Do you really believe that men invented horror? I believe it is rather that men are a horrifying invention. What existed before men? Horror. What will still exist when men are gone? Horror. Believe me, my dear Shelley; horror is the only reality which sustains our existence.
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Version of Gothic (1986) See more »

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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Good Idea But Poor Development
16 September 2004 | by jrfranklin01See all my reviews

Rowing With The Wind took an excellent idea from the life of Frankenstein's author, Mary Shelley. For anyone who is familiar with the life of Mary Shelley, this film will make more sense and be appreciated better. However, for the average movie-goer, this film will probably be of disinterest. Having said that (and for those of you still reading), I would have to applaud the youthful talents of today stars, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, who play Lord Byron and Claire Clairmont, respectively. This Spanish production keeps with European exposure in several nude scenes, most notably of Elizabeth Hurley.

The film in a nutshell describes a visit to Lord Byron by Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley, half-sister Claire Clairmont, and Byron's physician Dr. Polidori. According to history, Lord Byron challenged each of them to develop the most horrific story they could come up with. This is when Mary Shelley came up with the idea for Frankenstein, published in 1818. Oddly, Mary Shelley's biography was rife with a large number of deaths of those around her. Her mother died when she was born. One of her sisters died. Her husband's ex-wife died drowning. Ironically, her husband dies drowning.

She loses a couple of children. And on and on. She seemed so unable to escape death soon after the publication of Frankenstein. This film takes on the idea that her abominable creation is the cause of such deaths.

Kudos definitely go to whomever wrote the script for Lord Byron. Hugh Grant plays him brilliantly and in a very intelligently decadent sort of way. He's hilarious! Elizabeth Hurley and the other actors are good, not outstanding. But the film fails, despite its great plot creativity, when it hands out a quick and un-compelling revival of the evening in which Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein. It gives far less attention than it should have, as I would have thought it a bigger turning point in the story.

With better direction and production (beginning of the film is a bit grainy), this would have truly made a compelling story. 5/10


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