In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home. Determined to recover, Dickens decides to write a Christmas story and self-publish it in less than two months. As Dickens labors writing on such short notice, his estranged father and mother come to bunk with him. Still haunted by painful memories of his father ruining his childhood by his financial irresponsibly, Dickens develops a writer's block which seems to have no solution. As such, Dickens must face his personal demons epitomized through his characters, especially in his imagined conversations with Ebenezer Scrooge. Now with a looming deadline, Dickens struggles for inspiration against his frustrations and his characters' opinions in a literary challenge creating a classic tale that would define the essential soul of modern Christmas.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A majority of this film's cast are trained Shakespearean actors, and have appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions of the bard's work. Coincidentally, Dickens himself was a fan of Shakespeare, and even appeared in amateur productions of his plays for charity. In the first few pages of A Christmas Carol, Dickens also references Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, comparing Jacob Marley's ghost in his novella to the ghost of Hamlet's father. See more »
Thackeray taunts Dickens by reminding him of the American phrase, "There's gold in them thar hills. "
The film events take place prior to Christmas 1843. The phrase is attributed to Georgia assayer Mathew Stephenson regarding the 1849 California gold rush but popularized in an 1892 book by Mark Twain. See more »
This is a wonderful film and will be especially delightful for people familiar with "A Christmas Carol" and with Dickens in general, but you don't need any background to enjoy it. Basically the film tells the story of how Dickens came to write this classic. The writer's process imagined in this film is true to life for many of us who are writers, though it isn't the only way from pen to paper.
Great acting, good sets, and great music with an excellent script help make this a new classic. The only deficit I saw was the less than opulent sets, which is why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10.
The special gift in this film is seeing Christopher Plummer back on the big screen. Jonathan Price also stands out as Dicken's father.
Go see this film. Go see it especially at the Xmas season.
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