Thursday, February 17, 2011

Charles Dickens is one of the most popular and most important writers in all of English literature. He is as much beloved today for his colorful characters and cliffhanger stories as he was during his lifetime. It is no surprise then that films made from his novels are also popular. Immerse yourself in the injustices of the 19th century legal system in Bleak House or do a little time traveling with Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Overcome adversity with Dickens’ own favorite child, David Copperfield or join Fagin’s’ waifs in Oliver Twist. Explore “the conflict between doing what society expects of you, or being true to yourself” in Our Mutual Friend or the subject of arranged marriages in Dombey and Son. Or, if you want something lighter take a look at the more humorous side of Dickens in The Pickwick Papers. Whichever film you choose you know you will be seeing the work of a master storyteller so you know it will be good. Many of these films were originally made for Masterpiece Theatre so if you’re a fan of that BBC production be sure to check out these titles.

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