"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." Charles Dickens' tale of love and tumult during the French Revolution comes to the screen in a sumptuous film version by the producer famed for nurturing sprawling literary works: David O. Selznick (David Copperfield, Anna Karenina, Gone with the Wind). Ronald Colman (The Prisoner of Zenda) stars as Sydney Carton ? sardonic, dissolute, a wastrel...and destined to redeem himself in an act of courageous sacrifice. "It's a far, far better thing I do than I've ever done," Carton muses at that defining moment. This is far, far better filmmaking, too: a Golden Era marvel of uncanny performances top to bottom, eye-filling crowd scenes (the storming of the Bastille, thronged courtrooms, an eerie festival of public execution) and lasting emotional power. Revolution is in the air!
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A grand tale
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/03/2013 15:50:28
A few gripes aside - Woods and Allen are pretty simpy as the young lovers - this is still a top-class adaptation of the Dickens classic, managing to cover everything off without sacrificing anything of note. Leading the charge is Colman, the perfect screen incarnation as the initially dissolute Sidney Carton who has the ultimate change of heart during the French Revolution. Worth watching for the storming of the Bastille sequence alone, though Oliver and Yurka's delicious catfight comes a close second.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: RJNeb2 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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