Oliver Twist (1948)
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The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel (Great Expectations (1946) was the first), Oliver Twist expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins with baby Oliver left on the doorstep of an orphanage/workhouse by his unwed mother. Proving a difficult charge to the wicked orphanage official, Oliver (John Howard Davies) is sold into a job as an undertaker's apprentice. He runs away and joins a gang of larcenous
Jul 30, 1951 Limited
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Alec Guinness as the master pickpocket Fagin is the high point of David Lean's 1948 version of the Dickens classic.
Perhaps marginally less beguiling than Great Expectations, but still a moving and enjoyable account of Dickens' masterpiece.
It is safe to proclaim that it is merely a superb piece of motion picture art and, beyond doubt, one of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made.
It's Lean's direction that makes the production really pop. It's relentless, but fluid and deft, keeping us on our toes rather than wallowing in misery.
Despite compression of characters and charges of Alec Guinness' anti-Semitic potrayal of Fagin, David Lean's version is still the most dramatically compelling, historically atmopsheric, and flawlessly acted.
Definitely the version to see before you subject yourself, say, to Polanski's bloated 2005 version.
Classic Dickens ... the definitive version. Please, sir, we want some more!
The ultimate version of the Dickens novel.
Many of the novel's characters have been excised or compressed to fit the time frame of the film, but only the most die-hard Dickensians will protest.
Lean's black and white film plays much better on the screen than does Dickens' original text in high school literature classes.
...the film's merits are generous enough to compensate for its author's longwinded prose.
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