Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:07 am
Wikipedia wrote:Scrooge; or, Marley's Ghost (1901), a short British film that is the earliest surviving screen adaptation.
A Christmas Carol (1908), with Thomas Ricketts as Scrooge.
A Christmas Carol (1910) is a 10-minute silent version of the film starring Marc McDermott as Scrooge and Charles Ogle as Cratchit.
Scrooge (1913), starring Sir Seymour Hicks and retitled Old Scrooge for its U.S. release in 1926.
A Christmas Carol (1914), with Charles Rock as Scrooge.
The Right to Be Happy (1916), the first feature-length adaptation, directed by and starring Rupert Julian as Scrooge. Now presumed lost.
A Christmas Carol (1923), produced in the UK and starring Russell Thorndike, Nina Vanna, Jack Denton, and Forbes Dawson.
Scrooge (1935), a British movie, again starring Seymour Hicks as Scrooge, rather notorious for not showing most of the ghosts onscreen.
A Christmas Carol (1938), starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge and Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart as the Cratchits.
Leyenda de Navidad (1947), a Spanish adaptation starring Jesús Tordesillas as Scrooge.
Scrooge (1951), re-titled A Christmas Carol in the U.S., starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge and Mervyn Johns and Hermione Baddeley as the Cratchits. According to critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times, this film is the best one ever made of this Dickens classic.
It's Never Too Late (1953), Italian adaptation of Dickens's novel, featuring Paolo Stoppa and Marcello Mastroianni.
Scrooge (1970), a musical film adaptation starring Albert Finney as Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Marley's Ghost.
A Christmas Carol (1971), an Oscar-winning animated short film by Richard Williams, with Alastair Sim reprising the role of Scrooge.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), an animated short film featuring the various Walt Disney characters with Scrooge McDuck playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Goofy as Jacob Marley.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), featuring the various Muppet characters, with Michael Caine as Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit.
A Christmas Carol (1994), an animated version produced by Jetlag Productions, written by Jack Olesker.
A Christmas Carol (1997), an animated production featuring the voice of Tim Curry as Scrooge as well as the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Michael York and Ed Asner.
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), an animated version produced by Illuminated Films (Christmas Carol), Ltd/The Film Consortium/MBP; screenplay by Robert Llewellyn & Piet Kroon; with the voices of Simon Callow, Kate Winslet, and Nicolas Cage.
A Christmas Carol (2006), a computer animated adaptation featuring anthropomorphic animals in the lead roles.
A Christmas Carol (2009), a performance capture film directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts, from Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital. It was released in November 2009 in Disney Digital 3D.
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poormadpeter wrote:I have to say Alistair Sim too, but then that's the one I grew up with on TV etc.
However, both of Seymour Hick's performances (1913 and 1935) are well worth a watch. Sadly the silent version only floats around in a dodgy print, but the 1935 sound version is really very good - and much better than Owen's version three years later, in my opinion.
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Pete Dube wrote:Alistair Sim for me. But I do enjoy the George C. Scott version. Just a few days ago, as I was watching the Sim version my wife said she couldn't see why it's so highly praised. She said she preferred the Patrick Stewart version. I came close to hurling a holly wreath at her frisbee style, but I managed to restrain myself. But it took every ounce of my willpower!
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:33 am
rjm wrote:Pete Dube wrote:Alistair Sim for me. But I do enjoy the George C. Scott version. Just a few days ago, as I was watching the Sim version my wife said she couldn't see why it's so highly praised. She said she preferred the Patrick Stewart version. I came close to hurling a holly wreath at her frisbee style, but I managed to restrain myself. But it took every ounce of my willpower!
Stewart is a brilliant actor, and he wasn't at all bad. Saw it once.
But, better, he did a one-man-show: a live stage-play where he played all the parts, and it was really great! Wish it would come back to town. (Maybe it's on YouTube somewhere.) Here's an audio sample I found: http://www.sheeplaughs.com/scrooge/stewart.mp3
About the holly wreath, hope you have a merrier time than that! LOL!
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So, for those two days the crowds of people passed by in procession, many of them dropping flowers onto his coffin - "among which," his son said, "were afterwards found several small rough bouquets of flowers tied up with pieces of rag."
There, in the ragged bundles of flowers, no doubt picked from the hedgerows and fields, we see the source and emblem of Charles Dickens's authority. Even to the labouring men and women there was in his death a grievous sense of loss; they felt that he had in large measure understood them and that, in his death they had also lost something of themselves.
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