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It's probably just the season of the year....

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Posted on December 18, 2020 at 20:53:22
TWB
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but I have been on a Dickens film quest lately, viewing most of the versions of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. My favorite Oliver Twist has become the Roman Polanski film for its gritty recreation of London circa the period and Ben Kingsley's performance as Fagin. As film history goes, it is hard to ignore the David Lean film for the black and white cinematography and ingenious shots, but I preferred the newer version overall. The musical version "Oliver" is in a class by itself and a classic with the fabulous Ron Moody as Fagin and Oliver Reed as Bill Sykes. Like Lean's Twist, it is hard to ignore the classic A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim it wears well all these years later. However, I very much liked the 1980's George C. Scott version of the Dickens classic. Scott for me was the embodiment of Scrooge and his transformation seemed more genuine.... I didn't care for either the Patrick Stewart or Guy Pearce films. Just like "Oliver", the musical version "Scrooge" with Albert Finney is in a class by itself and a classic.

 

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I'm waiting for the Paul Reuben's version......, posted on December 19, 2020 at 22:57:39
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Also, Ridleys next installment of Alien.

 

Dickens is a year-round pleasure! I'd say you did a small disservice, posted on December 20, 2020 at 09:22:00
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to Sir Alec Guinness in the Lean, "O T." It ain't just the cinematography that has immortalized the film! Personal preference: Alistair Sim to me is unsurpassable in any role. His detective in, "Green Room," is immortal.

Thanks for the post: you've energized me to both look at Dicken's films and to go to the source.

("Great Expectations" is my favorite, though "David Copperfield" comes in a close second...)

 

RE: Dickens is a year-round pleasure! I'd say you did a small disservice, posted on December 20, 2020 at 11:10:27
Vegman70
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Agree on the Sim version with its expanded story line. Actors make a difference, and scripts as well. I also like Paul Schofield in Martin Chuzzlewit, or anything else for that matter.

 

RE: Dickens is a year-round pleasure! I'd say you did a small disservice, posted on December 28, 2020 at 05:46:43
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I am not sure everyone actually gets the meaning of Dickensian literature.

 

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