1993, 15:30 minutes, colour, English
Mz. Frankenstein is a short, non-glamorous videotape about the body, science and ethics. The videotape focuses on society's obsession with physical perfection and the deification of some artificial ideal of the body beautiful, particularly for women and particularly through the myriad forms of reducing and plastic surgery. Mz. Frankenstein is an imagistic narrative done in the classic TV product demonstration style.
Dr. Frances Stein demonstrates the hook-up of a revolutionary reducing machine called the "Relax-a-cizor". This machine was manufactured in the U.S. in the 1950's and was sold to thousands of women for home use. It contains Beauty Belts, Beauty Pads and a detailed instruction manual. Through simple attachment, the "Relax-a-cizor" allows you to acheive your desired results without the need for strenuous exercise! So Simple! So easy! With no effort!
Multi-layered, humourous and abrasively aggressive, Mz. Frankenstein asks the viewer to consider the question: How far will you go to achieve the kind of perfection you want?
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