Little Dorrit

Conceivably the best and most serious Dickens adaptation ever filmed, Christine Edzard’s two-part, six-hour English movie tells the story as the novel does, from two consecutive points of view. Perhaps the greatest strength of the picture is its remarkably dense rendering of 19th-century England; no single art director or production designer is credited, but the use of sets is especially fine. Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Roshan Seth, Cyril Cusack, and Sarah Pickering in the title role head a uniformly distinguished cast. This is a far cry from the polished competence of Masterpiece Theatre; Edzard’s Dickensian universe is one that sweats as well as breathes. (Fine Arts)

Published on 16 Dec 1988 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Anything for a Laugh [THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!]

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Published on 09 Dec 1988 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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The Sound of German

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Published on 02 Dec 1988 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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