Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 359: Mon Dec 24

Scrooge (Hurst, 1951): Greenwich Picturehouse, 3pm
This is one of my favourite Christmas films and well worth catching at the cinema instead of on Channel 5 each year where they show it in the dreadful colourised version.

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 is the trailer.

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