When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous personas in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of ...
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When Charles Dickens created the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist, he gave birth to one of the most infamous personas in English literature. Few people know that Dickens' portrait of Fagin was possibly based on the Jewish receiver and fencer of stolen goods, Ikey Solomon. Much as been written about Ikey's exploits, his amazing and daring prison escapes capturing people's imaginations through the generations. The First Fagin recreates the fantastical life of Ikey Solomon, the most famous criminal of his age. From London's dens of vice, to Newgate jail to Australia's prison shores, Ikey takes us on a journey into crime, punishment, adventure and love whilst struggling against the transportation system of 19th century England. Written by
Alan Rosenthal and Helen Gaynor
Reading the stories of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist you are taken to a time of the ups and downs of this most famous protagonist. In the movie The First Fagin, you are taken to the alleged basis of Dickens character Isaac "Ikey" Solomon, a 19th century Jewish convict who garnered headlines by his tumultuous life. This docudrama blends flashbacks from the central characters as he served witness to the misfortunes that happen to him and his family. He always wanted to live a straight and narrow life but his situation forced him into a world of pick pocketing that lead to a spiral of events that led him right to the other side of the world in Australian penal colony. What emerges is a folk hero of sorts that faces anti Semitism and a justice system that placed a huge burden on his life. Saw this film as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
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