Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
Brenda de Banzie
Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »
Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Oliver is taken in by the pickpocket and he joins a household of young boys who are trained to steal for their master. This version of Oliver Twist is topped by Alec Guinness's masterly performance of arch-thug Fagin. Written by
Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>
In the musical version of Oliver!, Mr. Brownlows name is never mentioned. See more »
When Oliver is in dock being tried for pick-pocketing, after the judge says "Oh stand away" the camera becomes an Oliver POV shot. Just before Oliver totally collapses he looks up to the ceiling, (and therefore so does the camera) briefly showing the full studio rafters, complete with lights, and the set microphone, and part of the "set ceiling". See more »
Charles Dickens and David Lean. What a combination; a novel by one of the
greats of 19th century literature brought to film by one of the 20th
century's best directors. Can't miss? You're right; David Lean's "Oliver
Twist" is a great movie. The casting and acting is superb, every role a
standout. I'd read "Oliver Twist" years ago, and watching the movie
transported me back to the Victorian London of the novel. Alec Guinness is
the perfect Fagin, after seeing this version I can't think of any other
actor ever playing him. Bill Sikes, Nancy, Artful Dodger, Mr. Bumble, and of
course Oliver. All perfect. The direction is without peer. The sets and
cinematography resemble the best of German Expressionist work from the
previous generation. Buildings at odd angles, light playing havoc with the
dark shadows. I'm blathering....
My recommendation is to dig this up in the classics section of the video
store and treat yourself to an oldie but a goodie.
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