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Siskoid's avatar


I've never read Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, but the 1935 adaptation makes me want to, which is perhaps the best compliment I can give it. The book is too big for a two-hour movie, and you can feel it when the action decides to skip ahead and cover the missing parts with on-screen text, but it doesn't skimp on what Dickens does best and we get a lot of nice characterization, memorable scenes enlivened by Dickens the Humorist, adding some lighter moments to rather dark subject matter, the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, but also poignancy, and I fully admit the ending got to me. Ronald Coleman as Carton is incredibly good and worth the price of admission alone. You also get Basil Rathbone as an evil aristocrat, Blanche Yurka as a villainous revolutionary (a tale of two evils), and to my delighted surprise, Edna May Oliver doing a bit of action! Oh and you know, a staging of the taking of the Bastille, etc. It's got its epic qualities as well.
1 year 10 months ago
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Louis Mazzini

I disagree. This is superior to the 1958 version.
9 years 8 months ago
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Public Enemy

This one wasn't bad.
10 years 7 months ago
vladdy's avatar


Just added it to my Netflix cue. Thanks for the heads up! I'd never even heard of it, and I love Bogarde.
10 years 9 months ago
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St. Gloede

I recommend everyone to check out the masterful, and far superior 1958 version by Ralph Thomas instead. Not only is it masterly directed, Dirk Bogarde gives one of the greatest performances of all time in it.
10 years 11 months ago
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