Sting makes his debut as a leading man on the silver screen when he portrays Baron Charles Frankenstein in Franc Roddamís The Bride (1985). A psychological/feminist revision of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Roddamís film puts a modern slant on Mary Shelleyís classic 19th-century tale, injecting elements from both Pygmalion and Beauty and the Beast. Paired with Sting as Frankensteinís female creation, Eva, is Jennifer Beals, who had just recently been catapulted to stardom by the surprise 1984 hit, Flashdance.
In his castle laboratory, Frankenstein brings Eva to life in a tumultuous opening scene of appropriate Gothic proportion. Assuming that the raven-haired damsel was created to be his bride, Frankensteinís monster (Clancy Brown) is understandably disappointed when he learns that Eva is in fact the object of desire of the Baron and responds by destroying the lab, a scene which, when filmed, resulted in a seven-stitch wound to FrankenStingís noggin.
Dr. Frankenstein proclaims that he wants to shape the pristine mind of Eva into that of the "New Woman," a person of free thought and equal standing to men. However, when Eva becomes sufficiently buoyed by her newfound freedom and begins challenging the repressive control under which Frankenstein keeps her, the Baron devolves into just another male chauvinist pig, exhibiting the kind of obsessive evil that so intrigues Sting, the actor.
Stingís real-life hero, Quentin Crisp, plays his assistant, Dr. Zalhus, in the film and David Rappaport steals many scenes as Rinaldo, the dwarf who befriends, empowers, and humanizes Frankensteinís monster, ultimately preparing him for a climactic scene that pits the evil doctor against his two creations. We donít want to give away the ending, but letís just say that we "never saw no miracle of science that didnít go from a blessing to a curse."
Directed by: Franc Roddam
Produced by: Victor Drai
Written by: Lloyd Fonvielle
based on characters created by Mary Shelley
|Mrs. Baumann||Geraldine Page|
|Countess||Veruschka Von Lehndorff|
|Dr. Zalhus||Quentin Crisp|
|Priest||Andrew De La Tour|
|Tavern keeper||Tony Haygarth|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
|Art Direction||Michael Seymour|
|Set Decoration||Tessa Davies|
|Costume Design||Shirley Russell|