Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 films of Christmas: a christmas carol

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.

The first film adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol appeared in 1910 and the latest last year with countless retellings in between that range from the ridiculous (Susan Lucci?!)  to the sublime Alastair Sim.

Sim starred in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol (released in England as Scrooge) and it comes as close as any adaptation to capturing the Dickens' original story.  While it is one of the most famous stories of redemption, A Christmas Carol, it is also littered with terrors both worldly (greed, inequality, ignorance and want) and otherworldly.  This supernatural tale needs an anchor in a very real, very human protagonist.  Sim's performance is richly textured and he delivers an emotional master class.

I far prefer the black and white version over the colourized but really wanted to include this particular scene

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