Charles Dickens on the Screen: The Film, Television, and Video Adaptations

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Scarecrow Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 207 pages
This comprehensive survey of the screen adaptations of the works of the great author covers film worldwide, television, and video dramatizations from 1897 to 1993. While it provides a critical commentary on all noteworthy productions, Charles Dickens on the Screen also contains a catalog of more than 130 movies and 220 TV presentations with cast lists and production credits, and includes many hitherto unrecorded borrowings, spoofs, and satires from the famous stories. Pointer examines the problems inherent in dramatizing Dickens' novels for the screen, and traces the development of the adaptations from tiny extracts in the earliest silent movies to the full-scale television serials of the present day, covering virtually a century of international productions.
 

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Contents

Dramatizing Dickens
1
The Wizardry of Boz
7
Pictures from Everywhere
25
Condensing Dickens
37
Dickens With Dialogue
49
In a Tradition of Quality
55
A Social Chorus
65
A Companion Picture
73
Television Torments
99
The Great Inimitable
105
Catalog of Film Television and Video Productions
115
Abbreviations
116
Cinema Films
117
Television and Video Productions
145
Bibliography
195
Index
199

Reconstructing Dickens
83
Television Triumphs
91

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Michael Pointer has had a lifelong interest in movies, and now concentrates on film and television dramatizations made from famous literature.

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