Some Thoughts on Favorite Authors and Films, Storytellers and Lonely Children

January 18, 2012

Let me make it clear, therefore, that I like these storytellers for the same reasons that children do; that is, because they tell wonderful yarns and tell them well, that I know no loftier reason than this to read a book, and that in literature I avoid sociologies and psychoanalysis as much as possible, so […]

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Some Thoughts on the BBC, British Silent Films, Dombey and Son, Rich Man’s Folly & The Changing World of Charles Dickens

January 10, 2012

Following up on last week’s comments about BBC television’s shockingly unoriginal and downright boring approach to Dickens, I thought this 2009 story from The Telegraph might be of interest.   In it the distinguished screenwriter Andrew Davies offers his reaction to the BBC pulling the plug on a planned production of Dombey and Son. Read it and […]

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Ring In The New Year With The Chimes!

January 1, 2012

This posting builds on my November 6th article entitled An Open Letter to Hollywood and the BBC.   I wish I could say that something – anything – has happened over the past few weeks to make me rethink and even retract the comments and opinions expressed there.  Unfortunately, I can’t.   In fact, the more I […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2011

I would like to wish everyone who has checked out and supported this blog a very Merry Christmas!   I hope that you will continue to follow it and please spread the word. I also want to apologize for the time that has passed since the last posting.  I’m afraid that I was in a bit […]

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November 27, 2011

The rediscovery of The Stingiest Man In Town — and its December 3 premiere at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT — is in the news again.   Check out the November 27 edition of the Hartford Courant. 

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Basil Rathbone Remembered: Personal Encounters With A Man I Never Met

November 17, 2011

I first met Basil Rathbone when I was eight or nine years old.  In fact, in what I can only call a remarkably fertile and fortuitous period of perhaps six months or so, I really hit the celluloid trifecta. To begin with, I guess I was a pretty strange kid because, while normal little boys […]

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An Open Letter to Hollywood and the BBC

November 6, 2011

This posting opens with a fairly lengthy quote from my book A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations: Dickens’s Story on Screen and Television.  (Published by McFarland in 2000 and currently available in paperback.)  And to be specific, it is a verbatim transposition of the first two paragraphs of the chapter entitled Dickens’s Other Christmases. But […]

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October 30, 2011

The Stingiest Man In Town, the long lost (but no longer lost!) 1956 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol, made the front page of the New Haven Register on Sunday, October 23, 2011! The first ever public screening of this legendary production will take place at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm.  It happens in […]

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Happy Anniversary Mr. Sim

October 29, 2011

With Christmas looming large on the horizon, it is my honor and pleasure to report that this posting is basically a plug for a new DVD release of A Christmas Carol. Now in and of itself this is not startling news. It is, after all, a rare December that does not produce at least one […]

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An Introduction & An Announcement

October 13, 2011

Welcome to Charles Dickens On Screen, a blog dedicated to documenting and discussing audio-visual productions that relate in any way to Charles Dickens.  And yes, I know, the term audio-visual is now considered obsolete or at best archaic.  Nevertheless, I have always liked it, still do, and particularly like the way that it embraces all […]

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