TCM will air the 1935 Tale of Two Cities tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, as part of their "31 Days of Oscar" event. (The film was nominated for a Best Editing Oscar.) I'll be on Twitter tonight chatting about the film with other classic movie fans, using the #TCMParty hashtag. Those of you who are on Twitter are welcome to join in!
Dodge and Twist, a steampunk film that catches up with Oliver and the Dodger 20 years after the events of Dickens's novel, has been in the works for a couple of years. Now Edgar Wright has turned in a new draft of the script, and rumors are that some high-profile stars may be approached to play the leads. More information (along with some speculation) is here, here, and here!
Word & Film has an article up giving their picks for the best and worst film adaptations of A Christmas Carol (and including a couple of little-seen versions!). What do you think of their choices? Agree or disagree?
"Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held, beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which cast no gloomy shadow! But, as it sinks into the ground, I hear a whisper going through the leaves. 'This, in commemoration of the law of love and kindness, mercy and compassion. This, in remembrance of Me!'"
"A Christmas Tree"
I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas. As a special Christmas treat, courtesy of the Moving Image Archive, here's a 1910 film version of A Christmas Carol -- all 10 minutes and 25 seconds of it -- starring Marc McDermott as Scrooge. Enjoy!
If you need help, Fox Movie Channel is running the film continuously (with 12-minute breaks between airings) until about 3 ET this morning, and then again tomorrow from 3 to 11 p.m. ET. I'd have mentioned it before, but I didn't know about it until tonight!