A Tale of Two Cities

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Tale of Two Cities
A British lawyer sacrifices himself to save another man from the guillotine during the Reign of Terror in 1780's Paris. Also a story of two men in love with the same woman.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., 2006
ISBN: 1419838245
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE T
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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List - Dickens on DVD by: nypl_mid_manhattan Apr 10, 2012

1935 MGM film featuring Ronald Coleman as the self-sacrificing Sydney Carton.

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Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us... in short, it was a period very like the present..."

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stryver (enters office): "Really -- not working yet, Carton? This is too much! You've got to put your mind on this case!" Sydney Carton (reclining with a hot towel on his face): "No. Not possible." (starts fixing a cocktail) Stryver: "They've got this Charles Darnay up for treason!" Sydney Carton: "I don't know Charles Darnay -- I hate treason, I hate Frenchmen, for that matter -- I hate Englishmen."

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jerry Cruncher (to himself): "Bless me if she ain't at it again!" (smacks his kneeling, praying wife on the butt with a shoe) Jerry Cruncher: "Floppin' yourself down and prayin' against my prosperity!" Mrs. Cruncher: "Oh, Jerry, how can I KEEP from prayin', now that I know what your real business is!" Jerry Cruncher: "Listen, aggrawaiter! I won't have me wittles blessed off me table by your prayin'!" Mrs. Cruncher: "Grave-robber!" Jerry Cruncher: "Don't say that word! I'm a 'resurrectionist' -- that's what I am! Doin' a noble service for the medical profession! Besides, makin' a bit of money for meself." Jerry Cruncher Jr. "So that's why your fingers is always rusty, favah!" Jerry Cruncher: "Quiet, you! You're an un-natteral wife, and an un-natteral mother, prayin' against me!"

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lucie Manette: "We'll come back directly after the service. You'll wait for us?" Charles Darnay: "Yes, I..." Miss Pross: "Well, come along, Lucie. Not going to church, indeed. Atheist. Bankers, and... Frenchmen! All atheists! May I remind you... that the port on the sideboard is for the party after services and not for haphazard consumption!"

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Madame DeFarge has come looking for Lucie and the child. Miss Pross bars her way out) Miss Pross: "Oh no you don't!" Madame Defarge: "Let me pass." Miss Pross: "Never! I know what you want. I know what you're after. And thank heaven I'm put here to stop you - for stop you I will!" Madame Defarge: "In the name of the Republic..." Miss Pross: "In the name of no one, you evil woman. You've killed many innocent people. No doubt you'll kill many more; but my ladybird you shall never touch." Madame Defarge: "No? Do you know who I am?" Miss Pross: "You might - from your appearance - be the wife of Lucifer; yet you shall not get the better of me. I'm an Englishwoman! I'm your match!" Madame Defarge: "Pig, get out of my way or I'll break you in pieces." Miss Pross: "Break away, then. I don't care an English tuppence for myself; but I know that the longer I keep you here... the greater hope there is for my ladybird." (catfight ensues)

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sydney Carton: "Yours is a long life to look back on, Mr. Lorry?" Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "I'm 78." Sydney Carton: "Long life... useful one." Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Eh, a solitary bachelor -- nobody would weep for me." Sydney Carton: "Wouldn't SHE weep for you?" (referring to Lucie) Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Yes, thank God. I didn't quite mean what I said." Sydney Carton: "It is a thing to thank God for, isn't it. Tell me, if you looked back on that long life and saw that you had gained neither love... gratitude, nor respect of any human being... it would be a bitter reflection, wouldn't it?" Jarvis Lorry Jr.: "Why yes, surely." (Sydney nods, solemnly, and slugs down a final shot of booze)

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sydney Carton: "It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known."


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Nov 29, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love a movie where one actor plays two parts. In Charles Dicken's "A Tale of Two Cities" the job falls on the shoulders of Ronald Colman, and he handles it with ease. He plays both an aristocrat and an alcoholic lawyer. Both characters are in love with Elizabeth Allen. One of my favorite characters, Basil Rathbone, also plays a part in the movie. This 1935 movie was directed by Jack Conway and the great cinematography is by Oliver T. Marsh. Like other Dickens adaptations to movies, the original still is the best. Charles Dickens wrote wonderful novels and it is great to see that "A Tale Of Two Cities" was made into a masterpiece that will be cherished for generations to come!

Dec 27, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A spectacular vintage portrayal of the Dickens piece. The black and white subtracted nothing from the colorful, craggy characters. Quite the opposite. Its age only enhanced its cohesiveness. I especially enjoyed the toothless old hag, the stiff and stuffy Miss Pross, and her catfight with Madame De Farge. Lots of humor, and tenderness as well. Pity, that Rathbone's Marquis St. Evremonde role was so brief, he was terrific. Ronald Colman made up for that, however. He was absolutely superb as Sydney Carton. Tightly directed; impressive production value: thousands of extras storming the Bastille. I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this. FIVE STARS.

May 04, 2011
  • pagetrnr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another Dickens classic, what more needs be said?
A very touching and moving adaptation that captures the essence of the characters and the narrative. Dickens's exceptional skill for strong characterization and social commentary is again demonstrated through this drama. The movie does him justice.


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