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Tom Jones (1963)
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Winner* of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and featuring a cast of superbplayers (Boxoffice) headed by the Oscar®-nominated** Albert Finney and Susannah York, this wickedly funny classic has been hailed as 'the best comedy ever made (Newsweek)! No one has ever lived as freely and carelessly as Tom Jones. Abandoned at birth and raised by a wealthy squire, Tom romps through English society leading a lusty life of brawling and bed-hopping until his bawdy behavior causes him to be sent away from his family, his home and the only womanhe's ever truly loved. But some men never learn, and soon Tom's escapades land him in the company of reckless scoundrels, the boudoirs of more women and, finally, in jail. Will Tom's charm save him or will the gallows be his last swing? *1963: Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music **Finney: Actor, Tom Jones (1963); Murder on the Orient Express (1974); The Dresser (1983); Under the Volcano (1984); York: Supporting Actress, They Shoot Horses, don't They? (1969)
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Counter to the more literary version of the BBC, Richardson's version is lively, vibrant, giving a good social picture of the late 18th century: The life of the peasants against that of the landed gentry, and the contrast of the various levels of city (ie London) life. In between the vagaries of overland travel, with bandits and daylight robbers, and the marching army pressing young men into their service.
Country taverns is where all travellers meet, urban and rural alike, and since all ways lead to or from London, many more people run into each other than they themselves expect. So eloped wives find irate husbands looking for them, and the anonymity with which many persons travel seems to be uncovered at the slightest occasion. Acting is good within the stereotype in which characters are cast, camera work is good and inventive, and the whole film a very pleasurable and witty entertainment.