Dickens on DVD
Annotation:Andrew Davies's 2005 adaptation for the BBC. Gillian Anderson plays the doomed Lady Deadlock and Charles Dance the pitiless Mr. Tulkinghorn. With Anna Maxwell Martin as Esther Summerson. 510 min.
Annotation:This blog post offers some background on Dickens "A Christmas Carol" and an annotated list of popular film adaptations.
Annotation:Daniel Radcliffe plays young David in this lovely 1999 BBC adaptation of Dicken's most autobiographical novel. With Maggie Smith as Aunt Betsy and Bob Hoskins as Mr. Micawber. 190 min.
Annotation:George Cukor's 1935 film version features Basil Rathbone as David's cruel stepfather, Mr. Murdstone and W.C. Fields as Mr. Micawber. 130 min.
Annotation:Julian Glover plays callous businessman Paul Dombey who is interested only in having a son to carry on his business. Lysette Anthony plays his neglected daughter Flora in this 1983 BBC production. 295 minutes.
Annotation:In Alfonso Cuarón's 1998 film, Dickens's story is transferred to modern day New York. With Ethan Hawke as Pip (Finnegan Bell), Gwyneth Paltrow as Estella and Anne Bancroft as Ms. Dinsmoor (aka Miss Havisham).
Annotation:Thomas Gradgrind, mill owner in fictional Coketown, imposes a strictly utilitarian education on his children with painful consequences. 1994 BBC production. 100 min.
Annotation:Acclaimed 2009 BBC production adapted by Andrew Davies follows young Amy Dorrit, the child of the Marshalsea, from the gates of the debtors prison to the canals of Venice and back. 452 min.
Annotation:Scheming relatives, an inheritance, emigration, and a Ponzi scheme all figure in this 1994 BBC production, adapted by author David Lodge and featuring a wonderful performance by Paul Scofield as old Martin Chuzzlewit & Anthony Chuzzlewit. 344 min.
Annotation:Love, obsession, murder, madness, addiction, parentage, are some of the themes in this fast paced 2012 BBC adaptation of Dickens's unfinished novel. 120 min.
Annotation:Roman Polanski's 2005 film concentrates on the grim reality of Oliver's life, leaving out some of the plot twists and coincidences that may be difficult for a modern viewer to embrace.
Annotation:This well-received and unconventional adaptation, shown on Masterpiece Theater in 2000, presents the complete backstory to Oliver's birth int eh early episodes. 360 min.
Annotation:Dickens's last completed novel is beautifully adapted by Sandy Welch in this 1998 BBC production. Enjoy a rich tale of love, obsession, self-sacrifice and selfishness, death and rebirth with a critique of Victorian societal conventions in the bargain. 351 min.
Annotation:Phil Daniels plays the comic Cockney Sam Weller, one of many colorful characters in this 1985 BBC adaptation of Dickens's first novel. 350 min.
Annotation:1989 Granada Television production featuring James Wilby as Sydney Carton and Serena Gordon as Lucie Manette in Dickens's tale of the French Revolution. 197 min.
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The Artful Dodger, Wilkins Micawber, Poor Jo, Uriah Heep, Miss Havisham, Sam Weller, Madame Defarge... Charles Dickens created scores of memorable characters who have also been portrayed frequently on the screen. There's nothing like reading the book, of course, but these film and television adaptations of Dickens's novels are great fun, too! And they may inspire you to return to the source. What about Ebenezer Scrooge? We have not included any film versions of "A Christmas Carol" on this list because there simply wasn't enough room. See the link to the Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-ups blog post for many popular film adaptations of the story available at NYPL. List updated on December 11, 2012.