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David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
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Dickens' most autobiographical book, David Copperfield tells the moving story of David's journey from birth to maturity, a journey which links his life with some of the most colorful, extraordinary characters including the flamboyant Mr. Micawber, eccentric Aunt Betsy Trotwood, the kindly Peggotty family, the cruel Murdstones, the ever so humble Uriah Heep, and loyal, loving Agnes Wicklow. David navigates through a life fraught with hardships and challenges, unexpected joys and even love.]]>
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I was a little hesitant going into this: having read the novel a couple of times and declared it my own, I had long fondly imagined the scenes and characters without any need for assistance, thank you very much.
Consequently, I felt the way many Tolkien fans must have felt before those three recent movies came out: leery that my coveted imaginings would be sullied by what might prove to be a jarrring and irreversible contamination.
These fears were misplaced, however. The full vitality of Dickens's bittersweet classic -- all the heaping joys and sorrows of life -- comes through quite powerfully in this handsome BBC version. After about 25 minutes I was literally on the edge of my seat.
Oh, and speaking of this version: they spent some money on it, you'll be happy to know. It's not one of those innumerable stuffy BBC dramas that take place (for budget considerations if nothing else) in an intolerable series of drawing rooms and antechambers. No, they did this one right: the blokes went outside and built some proper sets, and it shows.
Yes, though fully prepared to dislike it, I find myself here with little ammunition for complaint. I wish Traddles hadn't suffered deletion; he is one character I have difficulty picturing and could have used some help. Also, the actress who played Dora was not exactly my conception of her . . . but this is nitpicking.
This great novel is filled with a variety of subplots, many of which are included in the film. Three that are worth mentioning are David's flight from the blacking factory and his journey to his Aunt Betsey Trotwood, beautifully performed by the great English actress Maggie Smith. Aunt Betsey takes David in and champions his cause in a dramatic scene where she throws out Murdstone and his sister Jane from her home. Aunt Betsey then takes David to live with a lawyer and his daughter Agnes and the lawyer's evil clerk Uriah Heep, who pretends to be humble yet never stops scheming to steal everything the lawyer owns. In another great scene, Macawber, now working for Heap, confronts the villain as a Heap of infamy. This dramatic encounter is the climax of the film. Lastly, another story worth mentioning concerns David's nanny Peggotty.Read more ›
Tape 2 brings us to face David's adult years in which he falls for his first love. Tape 2 is a wonderful tape and gives us a villan to overcome our fears by.
**************************************************************** This is a very heartwarming tale about love, kindness and the feelings you should give to people who are nice back at you. The cast is very well chosen, the plot is just wonderous and the moral that it gives you is good too. Purchase this video, guys. You'll cherish always.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF MASTERPIECE THEATRE: Moll Flanders, Oliver Twist, 'Upstairs, Downstairs.'
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The BEST film adaptation, by FAR, inc the b/w classic (which I luv classic movies), which would be the next best. Perfection, in a word. Hilarious btw, too! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I searched this miniseries out when I read that Maggie Smith recommended Daniel Radcliffe for the roll of Harry Potter. As a potterhead, I had to see it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I would echo all of the positive comments on the movie. I think my biggest criticism is that they didn't give it a third episode. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Keating
Particularly well done. Many descriptions are a little put-offish in my opinion. It's a well done adaptation of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cal
A little shy of the book, but fantastic performance by the whole cast.Published 2 months ago by Cliona
Loved the first part with young DC (D Radcliffe is perfect). Older DC didn't really inspire me, but Dame Maggie made up for it!Published 3 months ago by Anna E.