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Oliver Twist

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.40 /10
Robert Newton , Alec Guinness , Kay Walsh
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Directed by: David Lean
Written by: David Lean, Stanley Haynes from Charles Dickens's novel

Released: 1948
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: UK
Colour: BW
Length: 105


In Victorian London, an orphan boy (John Howard Davies, pictured right) falls in with a gang of junior thieves.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Dark, nightmarish and far more cinematic than Carol Reed's musical version, this film is second only to David Lean's Great Expectations as a filming of Dickens. The acting is tremendous throughout. Some may feel that Alec Guinness's portrayal of Fagin is anti-semitic, and the film's American release was deferred until 1951 after protests by Jewish by pressure-groups; but Guinness is faithful to the character that Dickens wrote. Some sequences, including the opening storm and the murder of Nancy, have a poetic grandeur; and Lean's style - a mixture of German expressionism and film noir - is wonderfully effective.

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