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Tale Of Two Cities

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.21 /10
Ronald Colman , Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver
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Directed by: Jack Conway
Written by: W.P.Lipscomb, S.N.Behrman from Charles Dickens's novel

Released: 1935
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 120


At the time of the French Revolution, a bored and aimless barrister (Ronald Colman) finds meaning to his life through self-sacrifice.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The best of many screen versions of Dickens's classic. The story has been simplified, not too damagingly, and there are strong performances from Colman and Blanche Yurka (as Madame De Farge). It's on a very grand scale (17,000 extras were reputedly used in one scene) although some of the sets are rather too obviously artificial. Conrad A. Nervig's editing was Oscar-nominated. Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur were involved in directing the crowd and second-unit scenes.

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