Oliver Twist

David Lean's version of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist is not as enthralling as his GREAT EXPECTATIONS, but it is a fine film in its own right. This time Alec Guinness (EXPECTATIONS was his first film) plays Fagin, Anthony Newley is the Artful Dodger, and the then-unknown and now-forgotten John Howard Davies is Oliver Twist. (Actually, some may recognize...read more

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David Lean's version of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist is not as enthralling as his GREAT EXPECTATIONS, but it is a fine film in its own right. This time Alec Guinness (EXPECTATIONS was his first film) plays Fagin, Anthony Newley is the Artful Dodger, and the then-unknown and

now-forgotten John Howard Davies is Oliver Twist. (Actually, some may recognize Davies as the British television producer responsible for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and "Fawlty Towers.") Guinness's performance ran into some trouble from Jewish pressure groups--seven minutes of his performance

was excised--and the film finally entered the country in 1951. Many of the novel's characters have been excised or compressed to fit the time frame of the film, but only the most die-hard Dickensians will protest. The sets are as much a part of the story as the dialogue, and set designer John

Bryan's work is effectively photographed by Guy Green. All the acting is first-rate, and there is not a false note from the cast.

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