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Frankenstein (movie, 1931)
TV Picks: 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Carbonaro Effect,' 'Let the Fire Burn'
TV Picks: 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Carbonaro Effect,' 'Let the Fire Burn'

"Penny Dreadful" (Showtime, Sundays). John Logan, the screenwriter of “Hugo,” “Skyfall,” “Gladiator” — and, just to confuse you, of the Tony-winning Mark Rothko play, “Red” — created this well-dressed and enacted, perversely inviting mad monster party in which figures and types from Victorian sensationalistic fiction (and sensational history) converge on London in 1891. There are ghosts and ghouls, the undead, the once-dead and the merely pale; Frankenstein is here and, more surprisingly, so is Dorian Gray, of portrait fame. The battle is not so much between the dark and the light, in the usual dichotomy, as between the dark and the less dark, or the dark and almost light. Although it is...

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