. . . Because someone had to make one. :-) If anyone knows of any I missed, please put them in the comments!
- Matt Damon's character, George, listens to an audiobook of David Copperfield read by Derek Jacobi. (I checked, but no such audiobook seems to exist. From the sound of it, though, I'm guessing this fictional audiobook was an abridged one.) We hear three passages:
- The beginning of chapter 5, where Peggotty bursts out of the hedge to say goodbye to David on his way to school.
- A brief excerpt from chapter 28, where Mr. Micawber makes punch at David's dinner party.
- The passage from chapter 48 about the "old unhappy feeling."
- Visiting George's apartment, Melanie (Bryce Dallas Howard) spots a picture on the wall and asks if it's one of George's ancestors. George, made bashful and tongue-tied by her presence, stammers out that it's Charles Dickens, that he's a fan, and that people are always talking about Shakespeare but that Dickens just has "something."
- In London for a vacation, George takes a Dickens tour. We see his group arrive at Dickens's home at 48 Doughty Street, where they see early copies of A Christmas Carol and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as Dickens's desk. For some reason -- probably because he's played by the star of the film -- George is the only one who can answer the guide's questions (the number of children Dickens had, and the name of the Dickens's Dream painting on the wall). It's here that George sees the poster advertising Jacobi's reading of Little Dorrit at the London Book Fair that day, and decides to go.
- At the Book Fair, we hear Jacobi read from the passage in Book the First, Chapter 24, where Mr. Plornish visits the Dorrits at the Marshalsea, and ponders whether "it might be his destiny to come back again." Jacobi then signs copies of his Little Dorrit audiobook (there don't seem to be any of those in real life, either).
Screenwriter Peter Morgan was right in that interview, though -- there doesn't really seem to be any overt reason for the Dickens theme. I have one or two ideas on ways that it might relate to the rest of the film; if I write a full-length review of the movie, which I'm thinking of doing, I may explore these. I will say that for me these references were the best part (and not just because I'm a Dickensian -- I wasn't really sold on the main storyline) and that I hope they'll get at least a few moviegoers interested in finding out more about the object of George's affections.