Great Expectations and The Invisible Woman will both be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 15. (That is, I assume both of them will be in both formats, though the news sources are a bit stingy with the details.)
Everyone's talking Oscars tonight, so let's get into the swim! Here, with help from IMDb, is a list of the films based on Dickens's books that have received Academy Awards and nominations over the years:
Scrooged (1988): nominated for Best Makeup.
Little Dorrit (1988): nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1984): nominated for Best Short Film, Animated.
Scrooge (1970): nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Song ("Thank You Very Much"), and Best Score.
Oliver! (1968): won Best Picture, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Score for a Musical, and an honorary award for choreography (Onna White). Also nominated for Best Actor (Ron Moody), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Wild), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing.
Great Expectations (1946): won Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and White. Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (David Lean), and Best Writing, Screenplay.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935): nominated for Best Picture and Best Film Editing.
David Copperfield (1935): nominated for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Assistant Director. (Imagine nominating the assistant director and not the director! I wonder what that was all about.)
What do you suppose Mr. Dickens would wear on the red carpet? Something very dashing, I would think, considering his love for fancy clothes!
Eva at the blog Ramblings of a Janeite is holding an "A Tale of Two Cities Week"! (Thanks to Kerry for the tip!) She's got a really great giveaway going on here. And here, she has a little survey about the book. You can put your answers in her comment section or at your own blog. I'm going to put mine right here, under the cut, because obviously you all have not heard me ramble about this book nearly enough. ;-)
"Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."
It's been a wonderful five years since the formation of that first link, not least because it's brought people into my life whom I now consider friends. Dickens has a way of bringing his fans together, and I'm so grateful that he's done that for so many of us! Thank you all for reading and contributing to this blog. You've helped to make it what it is today, and I hope we'll all be doing this for many years to come!
Thanks especially to all of you who entered our anniversary giveaway. The drawing has been held and Natalie, Selenia, and Marian are the winners of the miniature book Charles Dickens: The Complete Novels in One Sitting by Joelle Herr. I'll be sending those out shortly. Congratulations!
Abby Wong writes for The Star Online that Great Expectations changed her life, but adds that she hasn't read any more of Dickens "because the life-changing moment inspired by that tome could never be replicated."
Abby, if you read this, I encourage you to give Dickens another try. The moment may not be replicated . . . but you'll have so many more great moments!
Thanks to msantimacassar on LiveJournal for discovering these beautiful book covers online! We thought at first they were real covers for Penguin Classics editions, until we did a little research. Turns out they were done a couple of years ago by artist Rob Zangrillo in his senior year at Tyler School of Art.
Rob told me in an e-mail, "They're student work and aren't actually going to be published (unless somebody over at Penguin Publishing sees them and likes them)." Here's hoping! I would definitely buy editions with these covers!