Manette, and Sydney Carton among others in London, and the material featuring the Defarges and other peasants in Paris. And they made it compelling, not boring and droning. The cast, like I said, is very ideal, but I will mention those that stand out the most. Elizabeth Allan surprised me by giving Lucie - who is the world's most annoying and flimsy character in the novel - genuine character and substance, even though Lucie doesn't get to actually do much.
Blanche Yurka was absolutely perfect as Mme. Defarge; she was cold and frightening, yet you could sympathize with her without thinking she was too mushy.
Edna May Oliver was a treat as Miss Pross, capturing the image of the seemingly strict yet warm maid in the Manette household. But what I was really judging the movie upon was my imaginary boyfriend, Sydney Carton. Ronald Colman was impeccable as the unlikely hero.
He got the different "sides" of Carton right - drunk, insolent, and smart-alecky in one scene and tenderly romantic in the next.
The film version also added more humor to Carton, which fits his character well. The scene in which he pretends to flirt with Miss Pross was not in the novel, but it is one of my favorites.
Sydney Carton's selfless act of sacrifice and his comforting of the frightened seamstress are extremely moving. Wonderfully done. My only real qualifier is that, to my surprise, Charles Darnay Donald Woods and Sydney Carton didn't look that much alike. Darnay had sharper features, whereas Carton Oh well - the movie made it fairly clear that they were supposed to look alike.
Besides, how easy is it casting dopplegangers? Overall, if you have read "A Tale of Two Cities," there's a darn good chance you're going to like this film. And if you haven't read the book, you may like it anyway. Either way, I highly recommend it. Charles Dickens would have stood up and applauded had he seen this fabulous version of his classic tale.
There are no words adequate enough to praise the fine performances in this film dealing with the French Revolution. Ronald Colman is memorable as Sidney Carton, an alcoholic lawyer, who gave up his life to save the husband Donald Woods of the woman he loved.
The woman, played by Elizabeth Allan, was strong in emotion and very appealing. The supporting performances are first-rate. Who can forget the fight scene between both of these women? Who can forget De Farge's demand that Darnay, the nephew of the notorious Marquis Evremonde, a vicious Basil Rathbone, be put to death for being a member of this elitist family?
Yurka tore into this scene a revenge rarely seen in motion pictures. Unfortunately, Hollywood could offer her few parts for a talent as great as this. Oliver, as Miss Pross, shed the right tears, and with sarcastic wit, delivered some of the most memorable lines in this film. Her facial gestures along with those of Yurka were something else.
You'd also feel for the mobs of the starving French while the aristocrats lived so well. Isabel Jewell, as the condemned seamstress, gave heart in her brief performance. Her emotional outburst, as she nears her fate, will never be forgotten. The dialogue was crisp, the directing by Jack Conway, was first rate.
Years later, this classic was remade in It was an extremely poor remake. Foolishly, they weakened the part of Madame De Farge. Revolutions were never as good as this one! Most of the fiction of Charles Dickens is set firmly in the 19th Century, from roughly to or so. Twice, however, he essayed the historical novel.
It was really not his specialty. The first one published in was interesting, as it dealt with a serious riot that almost overthrew the monarchy in But few people read it. Ironically enough, the following year Dickens wrote a Georgia On My Mind - Bill Coleman (2) - A Tale Of Two Cities (Vinyl of pages which became one of his perennial favorite works - "A Christmas Carol".
But the second novel published in - as Dickens reached the Georgia On My Mind - Bill Coleman (2) - A Tale Of Two Cities (Vinyl of his literary powers became one of the greatest historical novels ever written. It also has the best introductory paragraph of any of his novels see the "summary" line to see the opening of it. It might LP) been better if he had read some of the French historians, for Carlyle was a great colorist he created the "green-eyed" monster image of Maximillian Robespierre that most British and Americans still adhere tobut he saw the Revolution from an ultra-conservative view.
It colors Dickens' version, where nothing good seems to come from the French revolutionaries. In his essay on Dickens, George Orwell says that his constant image of carts filled of guillotine victims made the very word "tumbril" sinister.
It did. By all means read this novel, and see this film, but don't base your view of that historical event on the novel or film. The story follows the events of the Manette and St.
Evremonde families and their friends particularly Sidney Carton, a barrister in England and France, as well as the growing revolutionary spirit in France that is symbolized by the Defarges from to Dickens is basically claiming that the cruelties of the ancien regime represented by the old Marquis St.
Evremond will end by creating new cruelties and new masters now from the lower classes itself. Monsieur Defarges is somewhat more sympathetic to some people after Charles is condemned to death by a revolutionary tribunal he sees no reason to continue going after the othersbut Madame Defarges, remembering the sufferings of her own family, is willing to kill anybody connected to the aristocrats including the Englishwoman Miss Pross.
When one reads the full final speech of Sidney in the novel he foresees that the new leaders are doomed to be eaten up by the guillotine as well including Defarges.
Much of the five hundred page novel one of Dickens shortest novels - which helps it's narrative flow is cut in the film, but the main points are kept. Possibly the most important cut deals with a minor character, Serjeant Stryver - he is Sidney's boss, and uses Sidney's brilliance to win his cases.
He actually is a rival for Lucy Manette's hand in the novel, but this is not in the film. Reginald Owen did well in the part, but it would have been hard to see him as a potential lover especially as Sidney is played by Ronald Colman, or Darnay by Douglas Woods. Witness Rathbone dismissing the murmurs of the intelligentsia although he finds Voltaire amusing.
Witness Yurka's testimony at Darnay's trial. See Catlett's final moments, watching the last tumbrel of guillotine victims going to their doom, and calming down two men who are shouting with glee very subtly done, and unusual for Catlett - usually a comic actor. To this day he's imitated saying, "It is a far, far better thing I do Such an excellent film owes it's production to one man: David O.
Selznick, it's producer. Colman acts with his deep, thoughtful and soulful eyes, as well as with his immortal voice in scene after scene. Forever fabulous and plaudits to all the cast. Colman and Yurka should have won Oscars. Colman incredibly was never nominated, and Blanche's misfortune was that the Supporting Actress Oscar didn't start until the year after when Gale Sondergard won for Anthony Adverse.
Only the most hard-boiled will not shed a tear or two at the movie's end! With the exception of David Copperfield this is probably Hollywood's most accomplished treatment of a Charles Dickens work.
Sumptuously mounted and produced in grand MGM style it has the the perfect voice and charm of Ronald Colman as Sidney Carton, a stalwart supporting cast and magnificently choreographed large scale crowd scenes depicting the out of control energy and fury of the revolt and subsequent reign of terror.
Colman's charming cynic wins us over early given he is surrounded by just cause with a Dicken's roster of pompous bores and hypocrites caught up in their own self importance. He drinks and offends but who can blame him. The sardonic wit of the film extends beyond Carton though by way of Dickens "cinematic" descriptive style that sharply conveys through both character and setting distracting dark humor over the grim proceedings by intermingling comic portraits with the sober cruel personages while making incisive social commentary.
Oliver Marsh's photography is commendable throughout whether conveying panorama in the excellently edited storming of the Bastille and raucous courtroom scenes or the tight tension filled cramped ominously lit interiors of cells or the De Farge wine shop.
It is one of those rear films that embraces rather than wrestle with a classic literary work which it does here with grandeur and confidence. The first man is Charles Darnay who is an aristocrat, heir to the title of Marquis St. As written by Charles Dickens and played by Donald Woods, Darnay is a man schooled in the Enlightenment teachings of Voltaire and sees a lot of the injustices perpetrated by people like his uncle Basil Rathbone.
When Elizabeth Allan brings over her father Henry B. Walthall who has been imprisoned in the Bastille, she meets Woods on the boat and they're crushing out on each other big time. The second man is Sydney Carton and Ronald Colman in the biography that his daughter Juliet wrote about him said that Carton was one of his favorite parts. A man of undeniable legal talents, but who in mid life has given way to cynicism and drunken dissipation, Colman makes this classical literary character very human indeed and one who in moments of despair, someone we can identify with.
They both love Allan, but she only loves Woods. In the end seeing his life amounts to a whole lot of nothing, with no family or friends, Colman makes a big sacrifice for Allan's happiness, Georgia On My Mind - Bill Coleman (2) - A Tale Of Two Cities (Vinyl. Of course this all done in the background of Georgian London and the French Revolution. Thomas Carlyle's history and this novel by Dickens is how we in the English speaking world have viewed the French Revolution.
It's a classic case of over reaction on a grand scale. David O. Selznick made some brilliant casting choices as Charles Dickens's classic characters come to life on the big screen.
Blanche Yurka is maybe the best study in literature about how hate and malice can twist a human being. She's so crazy to wipe out all the aristocrats it extends to women and small children. The point Dickens made about Charles Darnay is that he in fact did repudiate the life and views of Basil Rathbone, but that makes no difference to Yurka. It's Yurka's best known role. Edna May Oliver as Miss Pross gets one of her two or three best known roles.
When these two tangle, the most famous chick fight in literature comes alive on the screen. Colman gets the thespian honors here though. My favorite scene with him is in the Bastille and going to the Guillotine when he comforts Isabell Jewell whose only crime is that she was a loyal servant and seamstress to an aristocrat. It's Ronald Colman at his best. When you see this version of A Tale of Two Cities you will realize that there aren't any far far better things Ronald Colman ever did.
It is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I then rented the MGM movie, and found it to be a fine, straightforward adaptation. I once read a critic's summation of Ronald Colman as having a dignified presence, fine voice, but ultimately NOT a very good actor. If on this film alone, his moments of reflection, his drunken revelry, the longing glances at Elizabeth Allan, and his fierce determination to see that his heroic plans are carried out make for a well-rounded, full character.
Truly a fine performance. Caz 27 May This is the best version of the novel and despite its age its still the saddest with out ever becoming overly sentimental. Ronald Colman was perfect at playing Sidney Carton,the part was tailor-made for him,even though at the time he was in his mid forties,which would also make him the oldest actor in this role.
He had the most expressive eyes,darkly beautiful and yet sad,like most of the silent stars Garbo being one of them the acting LP) all in the eyes,the transition into talkies meant that silent stars had to have the perfect voice,Ronald Colman had a smooth velvety type voice and despite having seen his best years was still perfect for the early talkies.
This film is one example of the actor at his best,although almost forgotten nowadays he was the pioneer of English gentleman actors who broke through into the early talkies and into Hollywood,those that would follow were the likes of Larry Olivier,David Niven and not forgetting Cary Grant. Its a shame we always forget the original actors that made that big breakthrough,that paved the way for others. This film is a must see for fans of the novel,its now very old but it hasn't lost its appeal,and you'll still find the ending very moving.
We just cant make them like this any more. I haven't read Charles Dickens' famous novel since high school, so I can't remember how faithful this film adaptation is. I'm sure much is excised from the book, as it would have to be in any adaptation that isn't 15 hours long. But as a stand-alone film, this version of "A Tale of Two Cities" is an awfully good one, and contains a lot of entertainment value.
Ronald Colman does most of the heavy lifting and is superb in the lead role. But two stand outs from the supporting cast are Blanche Yurka as the infamous Madame De Farge, the personification of an activist spirit taken to monstrous extremes, and Edna May Oliver, a proper English lady who won't let a few thousand French revolutionaries intimidate her. The best scene of the film is the smack down between the two characters, one of the best cat fights committed to celluloid.
Grade: A. My favourite film. I remember watching this film as a child and I still watch it every time its on TV. In my opinion it has all the elements required to make a film unforgettable. Ronald Colman is and will always be my most favourite actor and this my most favourite film of all time. No point in repeating the story. Colman's Sydney Carton is his best-remembered role - a sad alcoholic whose only joy in life is the beautiful Lucy and later on, her child.
Carton is a man without much purpose, who doesn't really know why he's on earth and doesn't feel that he's worth much. In his self-sacrifice, he finds the meaning in life he has sought. Colman never overdid as an actor - if anything, he underplayed, and there was always a gentleness and a pathos to his performances.
He's perfect as Carton. Elizabeth Allan is a beautiful, strong Lucy. Donald Woods, who plays her husband, the lucky Charles Darnay, seems a little out of place, however. As the cruel Lord Evremonde, Basil Rathbone is excellent. Two character actresses, Edna May Oliver and Blanche Yurka, hand in lively performances that really help make the film. This film version definitely reflects Dickens' point of view about the French Revolution, which isn't everyone's, but in remaining faithful to the novel, of course, Dickens' point of view is obvious.
It is a great film to show in a literature class rather than a history class. It would be wonderful if this and some other classics could be introduced to students somehow. Too much Transformers and the like can't be that good for the soul.
So many of the positive comments here say what I would want to about this forgotten masterpiece of a film. The only things I can add: 1 the elimination of the "twins" theme from the book was brilliant.
I've always found such themes dated and tiring. Removing it for the cinema makes for a much more effective film. Not all of the aristocracy is evil, and not all of the revolutionaries are evil. It's worth watching the film again and again just to learn about these customs of the time.
He's always been MY imaginary boyfriend. It is now my gift to share as an "end-of-year" activity for my 7th grade French classes. I can honestly say that I gladly watch the whole film through with my 7th grade students each June, and I am never bored. Think of the diction of any typical modern year-old. Now compare that to Ronald Colman's resonant, articulate speech!
I advise my kids beforehand to pay close attention to him and they do notice how expressive and moving his voice is. But if you have the time and an opportunity to plan activities, I highly recommend this fabulous film! Verite-3 23 September This one's got it all. Starving peasants ignite the French Revolution when they can no longer endure the scorn and mistreatment by the Royals and their wealthy compatriots.
Beware Madame Defarge; she exemplifies the the peasants' unrelenting hunger for equality, fraternity, and liberty not to mention a piece of Marie Antoinette's cake. Ronald Colman is outstanding in his portrayal of Sydney Carlton. Carlton's love for Lucie Manette drives him to the ultimate challenge to be a far, far better man. Two men, one an aristocrat, and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.
This is without doubt one of the real gems of the British TV scene ever. The story, the characters, the costumes and the acting are all without fault and could never be bettered. Do not pass up the opportunity of seeing this series if it ever should arise. From the opening scenes to the tear-jerking conclusion there is drama, excitement, romance, heroism and self-sacrifice, often several of them simultaneously. It is altogether a most marvellous experience and a real landmark in the history of recorded drama.
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