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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 25 December 1935 (USA)
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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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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Miss Pross: Mr. Carton, the infant has expressed a desire to say good night to you.
Sydney Carton: The infant's desire shall be gratified immediately, Prossy.
[he goes]
Jarvis Lorry Jr.: I suppose it's none of my business, but I wouldn't allow that fellow to handle a child of mine.
Miss Pross: As to that, you haven't got one... and from the looks of you, you're not likely to have one.
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Featured in Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood (2005) See more »

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1730)
Sung by a choir in church
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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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