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A Christmas Carol: 5 movies based on Charles Dickens' classic story

20 December 2013 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's that time of year again when all of our festive favourites hit the TV. One Christmas story that seems to have been committed to the big screen in every possible way is Charles Dickens's classic tale A Christmas Carol, the tale of lonely miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the trio of visiting ghosts who help him to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Whether in black and white or full technicolour, with puppets or in 3D, it seems every generation has its own definitive version of A Christmas Carol. Here are five of our favourites...

Scrooge (1951)

An early film adaptation of the festive tale, but it remains one of the most beloved. Scrooge stars Alastair Sim in the lead role, who would eventually go on to reprise the role 20 years later in a cartoon version of A Christmas Carol. The black and white film stays pretty close to the original story, »

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Long Before Obi-Wan There Were the Eight D'Ascoynes: Guinness Day

2 August 2013 7:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D’Ascoyne family members (photo: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’) (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won’t be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the cable network programmers believe that one four-hour David Lean epic per day should be enough. After all, prior to Lawrence of Arabia TCM will be presenting the three-and-a-half-hour-long Doctor Zhivago (1965), a great-looking but never-ending romantic drama in which Guinness — quite poorly — plays a Kgb official. He’s slightly less miscast as a mere Englishman — one much too young for the then 32-year-old actor — in Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), a movie that fully belongs to boy-loving (in a chaste, fatherly manner) fugitive Finlay Currie. And finally, make sure to watch Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets »

- Andre Soares

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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Adds More Movies, Stars & Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929) To Lineup

13 March 2013 3:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel BrooksCarl ReinerMickey RooneyJonathan WintersMarvin KaplanBarrie ChasePolly Bergen,Coleen GrayTheodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).

And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan »

- Melissa Thompson

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