Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 348: Tue Dec 16

Scrooge (Hurst, 1951): Ritzy Cinema, 12pm



This is one of my favourite Christmas films and well worth catching at the cinema instead of on Channel 5 each year on Christmas Eve when they show it in the dreadful colourised version.

This film also screens at the Greenwich Picturehouse on 8 Decemberthe Hackney Picturehouse on 11 December and at BFI Southbank on 8 December.

Time Out review:
'Surprisingly, there isn't a film version of the Dickens novella which merits the imprimatur 'classic'. The Muppets had a good stab at it, and Bill Murray was well cast in the otherwise scattershot Scrooged. On the plus side, this version is cast like an engraved illustration: Thesiger, Johns, Hordern, Harrison, Malleson, Baddeley and, above all, the splendidly aloof Alistair Sim, who feasts on Dickens' best lines ('I expect you want the whole day off tomorrow?'), greets each new ghost with a weary shiver, and handles his giddy rebirth with aplomb.' 
Tom Charity

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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