Yes, you will see glimpses of the David Lean version and the Carol Reed musical, but this film stands on it's own as a deeply moving interpretation of the Charles Dickens novel. While I was watching this film I couldn't help thinking how proud Dickens would have been if he were alive.
Paul Bryant well, if you guys say so. Only humming, or sometimes whistling, in vag Paul wrote: Only humming, or sometimes whistling, in vague imitation of birds. Ms Austen previously caused heart-palpitations and a slew of gasms with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility which left me spent like a cheap nickel.
However, Sir Dickens, being a slick, wily devi I looooooooved this book. However, Sir Dickens, being a slick, wily devil responded in kind with A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectationsa pair of wonderfully addictive, tingle causing joy blasts full of jaw-drops and breezy elegance.
Where this battle of master word charmers will end…. Next up on the parade of mouth-watering, phrase turning feasts is The Adventures of Oliver Twist which is terrific on several levels. In relating the tragic but ultimately rewarding life of Oliver Twist, Dickens is at his most Austenesque as he employs with great effect biting sarcasm and dry, dark humor to scathingly satire the English Poor Laws of the s.
So they established the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative for they would compel nobody, not they, of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it.
We follow Oliver beginning with his difficult birth that killed his mother and almost cost the young lad his life as well. Here is a passage from Chapter 2 that I think perfectly encapsulates the subtly sarcastic style Dickens employs to address his subject matter.
The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience; she knew what was good for children; and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for herself.
So, she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use, and consigned the rising parochial generation to even shorter allowance than was originally provided for them. Thereby finding in the lowest depth a deeper still; and proving herself a very great experimental philosopher.
Everybody knows the story of another experimental philosopher who had a great theory about a horse being able to live without eating, and who demonstrated it so well, that he got his own horse down to a straw a day, and would unquestionably have rendered him a very spirited and rapacious animal on nothing at all, if he had not died, four and twenty hours before he was to have had his first comfortable bait of air.
Unfortunately for the experimental philosopher of the female to whose care Oliver Twist was delivered over, a similar result usually attended the operation of her system; for at the very moment when a child had contrived to exist upon the smallest possible portion of the weakest possible food, it did perversely happen in eight and a half cases out of ten, either that it sickened from want and cold, or fell into the fire from neglect, or got half-smothered by accident; in any one of which cases, the miserable little being was usually summoned into another world, and there gathered to the fathers it had never known in this.
I love the way Dickens can describe callous starvation and casual murder of children for nothing more than greed in such a way that I was actually chuckling because of his lusciously humorous phrasing.
This man could write. I know there is a lot of controversy about the portrayal of Fagin being one of the most egregious cases of anti-Semitism in classic literature. It is what it is and everyone can make their own decision on that point. Fagin, while irredeemably evil and in some ways a criminal caricature, Dickens draws him with such flair imbues him with a dimension and essence that I found very compelling.
His psychology, his calculating intelligence and his soft words masking despicable actions is deftly laid out. In short, the wily old Jew had the boy in his toils; and, having prepared his mind by solitude and gloom to prefer any society to the companionship of his own sad thoughts in such a dreary place, was now slowly instilling into his soul the poison which he hoped would blacken it and change its hue for ever.
On one level, the life of Oliver Twist is one of the harshest, most depressingly sad tales ever put to paper. Good news…these are not lesser hands. Dickens writing is so melodic that the narrative glides over the horror at a safe middle-distance, allowing us to observe and absorb the surroundings without drowning in the pain that Dickens describes.
I thought it was masterful. Eventually, the plot takes a mysterious turn as a shadowy figure arrives on the scene who has a connection to Oliver and his past that is slowly revealed over the last half of the story.
All of this leads to a marvelous ending that makes the rest of the story far more enjoyable in retrospect…sometimes positive, warm and fuzzy resolutions are exactly what a story needs.
Dickens prose is buttery smooth while his mocking humor is cheddar sharp.An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Luckily, Oliver also found people who took good care of him and helped him with some problems he had had. In my opinion, the novel is very entertaining and it makes you want to read more. I liked the fact that Fagin and Sikes tried to change Oliver, but he continued to be an innocent good boy.
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My own personal reaction to this Dickensian classic is that I really liked it. I must admit to being a bit of a Dickens fan, and I love the way that he produces vast novels populated by such.