Oliver Twist [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America] by David Lean (Spanish subtitles)
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(Jan 01, 2014)
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Basada en la clásica novela del gran escritor Charles Dickens, "Oliver Twist" nos narra la aventura de un pequeño huérfano quien huye de su orfanato y conoce a un ladronzuelo en las calles de Londres. Gracias a este encuentro, Oliver conocerá al líder de los ladrones, y se convertirá en parte de su banda. Pero las consecuencias de tales actos lo llevarán a un camino siniestro y lleno de adversidades. La visión de David Lean de este clásico americano, con la excelsa actuación del ganador del Oscar©, Alec Guinness.
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The film has direct connections to my childhood. Saw it on TV one morning when I was Oliver's age. Watched with my mom over WNEW-5 in NYC. She clearly loved this picture, and with good reason.
As for its outstanding cast, Robert Newton makes the perfect Bill Sykes: unwashed, unshaven, sinister, and desperate after he murders wife Nancy, played by Kay Walsh.
The story's central character is portrayed by John Howard Davies, a child actor with a small resumé who went on to produce and/or direct episodes of Steptoe and Son,Monty Python's Flying Circus,Mr. Bean,Fawlty Towers and other prominent BBC TV series.
Fagin the fence and mentor to dozens of young pickpockets is Alec Guinness, unrecognizable under a gigantic Zionist proboscis prosthesis. Fagin's right hand boy, Artful Dodger, is Anthony Newley. In the early 1960s, Newley starred in the musical play, STOP THE WORLD - I WANT TO GET OFF. In it, he sang "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
Peter Bull, as landlord of the 'Three Cripples,' has a small role, suited to him, of a furtive type. He's seen lurking around in more than one scene. In 1964, Bull was the despicable Thwackum in TOM JONES, and Albert Finney's main enemy.
Francis L. Sullivan is Mr. Bumble, the porcine beadle of a miserable orphans' workhouse where Oliver spends his first decade. Sullivan previously was in another David Lean Dickens adaptation, playing GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946). He also won a 1955 Supporting Actor Tony in Agatha Christie's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, playing Sir Wilfrid, the role that Charles Laughton had in the '57 film.
Ironically, in 1948, OLIVER TWIST was banned in the new state of Israel; for its negative stereotyping of Fagin, and in Egypt; iwhere this same character was considered too sympathetic. In the eye of the beholder, as they say.