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A Tale of Two Cities (1911)

A condensed silent film version of the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution and its subsequent Reign of Terror.


William Humphrey


Charles Dickens (novel), Eugene Mullin (scenario)

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Cast overview:
Maurice Costello ... Sydney Carton
Florence Turner ... Lucie Manette
Charles Kent ... Dr. Manette
Leo Delaney Leo Delaney ... Darnay
William Shea ... Jarvis Lorry
William Humphrey ... The Duke D'Evremon
Tefft Johnson Tefft Johnson ... Defarge
Edith Halleran Edith Halleran ... Madame Defarge (as Edith Halloran)
Norma Talmadge ... Mimi - Woman on the Way to Guillotine


Barrister Sydney Caron falls in love with lovely Lucie Manette, daughter of a victim of the oppressive French aristocracy. After he successfully defends falsely accused Charles Darney, Carton's love for Lucie remains unrequited as she marries Darnay. When Darnay is ultimately condemned to death by a revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror, his only hope for rescue lies with Carton. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Short | Drama | History







Release Date:

30 May 1911 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bastillens Offer See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut of Norma Talmadge. See more »


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"A Tale of Two Cities"...in 21 minutes!!!
23 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This very early film version of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" is pretty bad considering they only took 21 minutes to tell the story, though you have to put it in context. For 1911, this is actually a full-length story and no one yet made 90-120 minute films. Versions of other stories such as "Frankenstein" were likewise extremely short and confusing--and best watched by folks who already knew the stories. Additionally, seeing obviously painted backgrounds was the norm for the day and all the nice costumes and attempts to make it look good actually would indicate that this was a prestige film...with a higher than usual budget! So, don't be too quick to dismiss this picture...it's really not that bad considering.

If you want to see the film, it's currently on YouTube and would best be watched on your small computer screen and not on a television using a BlueRay player because in the latter case, the film is very blurry and the intertitle cards are hard to read.

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