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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  25 December 1935 (USA)
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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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Blanche Yurka ...
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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 most dramatic love story in the history of literature! See more »

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25 December 1935 (USA)  »

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Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'  »

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Blanche Yurka's first film in 18 years and also her first sound film. 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 »

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Knitting woman (tricoteuse): [the guilloutine strikes once more] I lost a stitch. Cursed Aristocrats!
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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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11 June 2000 | by (Pofesional Ville) – See all my reviews

Magistral adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel set in the French Revolution. The story is very interesting in itself, but the way it is told elevates it to the cathegory of a masterpiece. The acting of the entire cast is great, from Ronald Colman (maybe the best of adventure heroes of the 1930s, while a little forgotten today) to Reginald Owen (seeing this film makes me want to check Mr. Owen's work as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 movie 'A Christmas Carol'. I wish I could find a copy...), without forgetting Basil Rathbone (who has a brief but intense appearance as the tyrant Marquis) nor, of course, Blanche Yurka, an actress I hadn't even heard of before, and turns out to be the greatest in a cast of greats. Her speech in the court is one of the most moving scenes in film history.

I wouldn't like to finish without mentioning the masterful Bastille scene (directed by Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur). That's what I call epic moviemaking. Unforgettable.

I've also seen other two versions of this story, the 1958 British movie with Dirk Bogarde and the 1980 TV remake with Chris Sarandon and Peter Cushing. They're OK, but this one is the best one by far, a silver screen classic I'm glad to own on videotape. A definite 10 out of 10.


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