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Oliver Twist: The Masterpiece Classic Film

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Connie -- have you been able to find out yet whether Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop will be available on-line after they are shown on Sunday nights?
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Connie -- have you been able to find out yet whether Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop will be available on-line after they are shown on Sunday nights?

 

I'm thinking if it's an encore presentation, then probaby not, Everyman.  Encore presentations have aired before and have most likely gone to DVD by now, so that makes it less likely they'd be available for free online.

 

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I think that the only Dickens presentation that is an encore is David Copperfield.
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Re: Oliver Twist: The Masterpiece Classics Film

The Oliver Twist was shown in England in 2007 and is available on DVD there. The DVD will not be available here till March.

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I think that the only Dickens presentation that is an encore is David Copperfield.

 

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The Oliver Twist was shown in England in 2007 and is available on DVD there. The DVD will not be available here till March.

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I think that the only Dickens presentation that is an encore is David Copperfield.

 


 

I don't think that it has ever been seen on Masterpiece before, though, which is what appears to determine whether PBS is making it available online.  I think that all of these productions have been seen in England prior to our ever seeing them over here.

 

 

On Connie's thread "PBS Masterpiece Classics Schedule - 2009", the encores are indicated, if anyone is interested.  Only Sense & Sensibility, David Copperfield, and Persuasion appear to be repeats.

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I wonder if Connie will be able to pull over some readers from her Harry Potter group once they find out that David Copperfield is played by Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) in the first half of the presentation (Zoe Wannamaker - Madame Hooch - appears also as Miss Murdstone). :smileyvery-happy:

 

Another actor from the HP movies will appear in Oliver Twist - Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail) makes a delightful Fagin, so I hear.


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I think that the only Dickens presentation that is an encore is David Copperfield.


 

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I wonder if Connie will be able to pull over some readers from her Harry Potter group once they find out that David Copperfield is played by Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) in the first half of the presentation (Zoe Wannamaker - Madame Hooch - appears also as Miss Murdstone). :smileyvery-happy:

 

Another actor from the HP movies will appear in Oliver Twist - Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail) makes a delightful Fagin, so I hear.


Ha.  I've actually been talking about Daniel Radcliffe over there just recently because I went to see him in Equus on Broadway a few days ago.  I did think I should mention the DC airing to the Potter gang, who might enjoy it.  I haven't seen him in that yet--I think it was his first film role.  In the previews on PBS, he looks like such a little guy back then!  And yes; the previews again gave me a shock to see "Wormtail"--the actor not looking all that different from how he does in that role, btw--in DC as well.  Ha.  Well, the Potter films are a regular treasure trove of British actors from many generations, as it is.  Shouldn't be surprising to see them.

 

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Dan is so little in DC - I think he was eight when it was filmed - and there's a scene where he's standing next to his trunk, in his little jacket, cap, and short pants, and he looks so forlorn you just want to reach through the screen and give him a hug and a cookie.  (I also forgot that Dame Maggie Smith also appears in this production as Miss Betsey Trotwood - and is very wonderful, too!)


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Ha.  I've actually been talking about Daniel Radcliffe over there just recently because I went to see him in Equus on Broadway a few days ago.  I did think I should mention the DC airing to the Potter gang, who might enjoy it.  I haven't seen him in that yet--I think it was his first film role.  In the previews on PBS, he looks like such a little guy back then!  And yes; the previews again gave me a shock to see "Wormtail"--the actor not looking all that different from how he does in that role, btw--in DC as well.  Ha.  Well, the Potter films are a regular treasure trove of British actors from many generations, as it is.  Shouldn't be surprising to see them.

 

Should be great stuff! 


 

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Dan is so little in DC - I think he was eight when it was filmed - and there's a scene where he's standing next to his trunk, in his little jacket, cap, and short pants, and he looks so forlorn you just want to reach through the screen and give him a hug and a cookie.  (I also forgot that Dame Maggie Smith also appears in this production as Miss Betsey Trotwood - and is very wonderful, too!)


Aww.  Can't wait to see him, and Maggie Smith, too.  But first we have Oliver to get through!  :smileywink: 

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Everyman wrote:
Connie -- have you been able to find out yet whether Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop will be available on-line after they are shown on Sunday nights?

 

This was in my latest PBS newsletter:

 

Can't tune in? Oliver Twist will be available for online viewing
Monday, Feb. 16-Monday, March 2, at
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Great. Thanks!

 


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Everyman wrote:
Connie -- have you been able to find out yet whether Oliver Twist and The Old Curiosity Shop will be available on-line after they are shown on Sunday nights?

 

This was in my latest PBS newsletter:

 

Can't tune in? Oliver Twist will be available for online viewing
Monday, Feb. 16-Monday, March 2, at

 

 

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Online Viewing of Oliver Twist

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dulcinea3 wrote:

 

This was in my latest PBS newsletter:

 

Can't tune in? Oliver Twist will be available for online viewing
Monday, Feb. 16-Monday, March 2, at

Thanks so much for this, dulci.  This follows my hypothesis, since the schedule seems to indicate that this is a new adaptation for this season as opposed to a repeat/encore showing. 

 

Still no 'official' answer for the question about online viewing availability throughout the season, though I have asked.

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Ok.  This time, I, for one, wish I knew ahead of time where the breaking point between the parts of the film adaptation are in the novel.
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The film seems to be missing some of the humor and satire that Dickens uses to lift the story above its tragedy.

 

Tom Hardy as Bill is intriguing.  After seeing him as Heathcliff and now here in Oliver Twist, I looked up some info on him- he is a versatile actor, with an interesting personal life story of overcoming addiction and continuing struggles.  

 

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I think the performances by the actors in this production so far are terrific!  They are really drawing me in to their characters.  I'm especially enjoying young William Miller as Oliver; Timothy Spall as Fagin; Tom Hardy as Bill Sikes (even though, yes, I am also constantly reminded of Heathcliff after just seeing him in WH); and Sophie Okonedo as Nancy.

 

The music has caught my attention, too--a fresh take under the period scenes.

 

One scene that caught my eye visually was the one at Fagin's den where all those colorful pocket scarves hang in the middle of the room in the light and the boys are all gathered around. 

 

I haven't yet finished the novel this go-round, so I'm working to catch up.  

 

What say you?

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Who chose the music for this production? A banjo? The music did not fit this film at all and detracted from my overall enjoyment of it. It sounded more like something that would accompany a production of "Tom Sawyer" than "Oliver Twist".

 

Now having said that, I am happy with the choice of most of the actors so far. The boy playing Oliver Twist looks just as I imagined he would and did a good job. And Bumble is perfectly portrayed.

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Who chose the music for this production? A banjo? The music did not fit this film at all and detracted from my overall enjoyment of it. It sounded more like something that would accompany a production of "Tom Sawyer" than "Oliver Twist".

 


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I agree with you, Mary. Dickens's warm and kindly humor is not there. I think Bill was the best-done character. Oliver was not the Oliver Twist I know and love from Dickens. He has undergone a troubling character change.

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The film seems to be missing some of the humor and satire that Dickens uses to lift the story above its tragedy.

 

Tom Hardy as Bill is intriguing.  After seeing him as Heathcliff and now here in Oliver Twist, I looked up some info on him- he is a versatile actor, with an interesting personal life story of overcoming addiction and continuing struggles.  

 


 

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Isn't that strange? I can't even remember any music being in this production. My ears are blind.

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Who chose the music for this production? A banjo? The music did not fit this film at all and detracted from my overall enjoyment of it. It sounded more like something that would accompany a production of "Tom Sawyer" than "Oliver Twist".



 

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