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13:20 on Monday 10th April on Channel 4.
Alec Guinness's superb performance as Fagin dominates David Lean's classic adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. With John Howard Davies in the title role, Robert Newton and Anthony Newley.
Director: David Lean
Starring: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan, John Howard Davies, Henry Stephenson
(Black and White, Subtitles, 1948, U, 4 Star)
Quite a lineup of films next week, among them one of my all-time favourites: David Lean's "Oliver Twist" beautifully shot in black and white by Guy Green. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] For anyone interested in this film and others by David Lean, I highly recommend Kevin Brownlow's biography "David Lean," which has an entire chapter on OT plus wonderful photos, among them Stuart Freeborn making up Alex Guinness as Fagin and another of Lean and Green perched high above filming the attempted escape of Bill Sykes and Oliver, played respectively by Newton and little John Howard Davies.
Before the bio, I hadn't realised that it was Kay Walsh who suggested the opening of the film to Lean and Stanley Haynes, who had been casting about for the elusive opening. The men had a competition at Pinewood with a reward to anyone who would offer an idea they could use, but had no takers. Up stepped Kay with a few pages of notes on the girl in the storm, etc. To use a cliche, the rest was Oliver Twist history.
A great film. Highly recommended.. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clapping.gif[/img]