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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.

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An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Dissipated lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette, and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine when he is captured by Revolutionaries in Paris. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The Immortal Story of Love and Intrigue During French Revolution! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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25 December 1935 (USA)  »

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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'  »

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Actor Ronald Colman agreed to play the role of Sydney Carton with the sole condition that he not also be required to play the role of Charles Darnay, as was usually expected in adaptations of the Dickens novel. The plot of 'A Tale of Two Cities' turns on the physical resemblance between the two characters. Colman had long wanted to play Sidney Carton, and was even willing to shave off his beloved mustache to play the part. See more »

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Sydney Carton attends Christmas Eve services ca. 1780 during which "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" is sung to music by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), and John Francis Wade's Latin hymn, "Adeste fideles," is sung in Frederick Oakley's (1802-1880) translation as "O Come, All Ye Faithful." See more »

Quotes

Sydney Carton: My poor child. It isn't understanding we need now. It's courage.
Seamstress: You're going to die in his place. Why?
Sydney Carton: He is my friend.
Seamstress: You're so brave... When we go to the guillotine, will you let me hold your hand? That might give me courage, too.
Sydney Carton: Yes. I'll hold it to the last.
Seamstress: To the last.
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Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played as background music by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
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Not many films can live up to the book, this one did.
4 September 2003 | by (cambridge) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Two Cities is one of my top 5 books. All the emotions are there and you are left feeling uplifted but frustrated. The film has captured all this. Whilst it has not all the elements of the book (we would be talking about a 5 hour film) it has distilled the important essence and portrayed it beautifully. Ronald Coleman was a fine actor, his characters colourful and full of life. There have been a few remakes for the big screen and TV but none come even close to the brilliance of this film. Therefore it goes into my top 10 of films. What more can I say.


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