by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: Scrooge’s tale in four acts
Last Week: Scrooge (1951)
Coming Next: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
I have seen most of the Christmas Carol movies and am struck by the consistency in the appearance of this second Spirit/Ghost. The big hearty figure in sumptuous green robes is all but identical. Do you know the original painting or illustration they’re referencing?
You know, that’s very true- the appearance of the other ghosts changes dramatically while Christmas Present hardly ever varies. Your question inspired a quick search that almost immediately turned up the illustrations from the 1843 first edition. The resemblance is striking!
View them here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/46/46-h/46-h.htm
Thanks! It’s fun to know that Present is a direct link to the past.
I think Scrooge is an excellent telling of the story. I watched an old taped copy until it looked like the ghost of colors past, waiting and waiting for a dvd issue. It looks great again with colors and lights to match the exuberant spirit of the movie.
How is it that I’d never heard of a Scrooge film that stars Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guinness? Then again, I’d only watched the Alastair Sim, Patrick Stewart, and Jim Carrey versions… Well, now I have another Scrooge film to watch!
Also, Scrooged, with Bill Murray really stinks.
My favorite part of this version is Kenneth More’s Ghost of Christmas Present. Some give it a thumbs down because it’s a musical. Several years on from my last viewing, all I can say about the songs is that they’re unmemorable. High time I watch it again.
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