by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: Scrooge’s tale in four acts
Last Week: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Coming Next: See you in 2013!
There it is! My favourite iteration of A Christmas Carol! :OD
And a Marry Christmas to all in which that phrasing applies!
Happy Christmas to all! I just watched this Carol for the first time and liked it very much. It has a particularly fine Dickensian quality to it. I particularly liked that we have a scene of Scrooge in church, the only version to do so to my recollection.
@Nir: I knew you’d appreciate this week’s movie selection. :-) Thanks for recommending this version. Among other strong points, Richard E. Grant might well be the best-ever Bob Cratchit.
@Miriam: That’s very true about the Dickensian quality. The scene at the rag and bone man’s is particularly splendid in that regard.
@Helen/Miriam, you’re welcome. :O)
The reason why this is my favourite film version of the novel is because I find that it displays the most amount of humanity without stooping to theatrics. I cry every time that I watch the Christmas Past segment. Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Scrooge’s heart breaking is terrifically affecting and I love that the film, given a very limited budget, went for realism. You can feel, and almost smell, Bob Cratchit’s vagrancy and I also love the sound of quills scraping on papers.
I hope that everyone had a happy holiday! :OD
I really like this version too – love Richard E Grant as Bob Cratchit. Great pictures, and I hope you had a good Christmas.
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