Gods and Monsters (1998)

105 min.
Plot  The story opens in the 1950s, after the Korean War; it has been more than a decade since James Whale, director of ''Frankenstein'' and ''Bride of Frankenstein'', has retired. He lives with his long-time housemaid, Hanna, who loyally cares for him but disapproves of his homosexuality. Whale has suffered a series of strokes that have left him fragile and tormented by memories: growing up as a poor outcast, his tragic World War I service, and the filming of ''The Bride of Frankenstein''. Whale slips into his past, and indulges in his fantasies, reminiscing about gay pool parties and also sexually teasing an embarrassed, starstruck fan who comes to interview him. Whale battles depression, at times contemplating suicide, as he realizes his life, his attractiveness, and his health are slipping away. Whale befriends his young, handsome gardener and former Marine, Clayton Boone and the two begin a sometimes uneasy friendship as Boone poses for Whale's sketches. The two men bond while discussin...  



Ian McKellen
James Whale
Brandon Kleyla
Young James
Brendan Fraser
Clayton Boone
Jack Plotnick
Edmund Kay
Matt McKenzie
Colin Clive
David Dukes
David Lewis
Rosalind Ayres
Elsa Lanchester
Jack Betts
Boris Karloff
Martin Ferrero
George Cukor
Jesse James
Michael Boone
Arthur Dignam
Ernest Thesiger (uncredited)


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