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Charles Dickens on the Screen

Michael Pointer

This comprehensive survey of the screen adaptations of the works of the great author covers film worldwide, television, and video dramatizations from 1897 to 1993. While it provides a critical commentary on all noteworthy productions, Charles Dickens on the Screen also contains a catalog of more than 130 movies and 220 TV presentations with cast lists and production credits, and includes many hitherto unrecorded borrowings, spoofs, and satires from the famous stories. Pointer examines the problems inherent in dramatizing Dickens' novels for the screen, and traces the development of the adaptations from tiny extracts in the earliest silent movies to the full-scale television serials of the present day, covering virtually a century of international productions. « less more »
Scarecrow Press
Pages: 240Size: 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
978-0-8108-2960-2 • Hardback • April 1996 • $87.00 • (£60.00)
Michael Pointer has had a lifelong interest in movies, and now concentrates on film and television dramatizations made from famous literature.
A lively and comprehensive survey of the many attempts throughout the world to translate Dickens's novels to large and small screens...
Nineteenth-Century Literature

This is no dull chronology. Pointer is a writer of verve and vitality who is both a Dickens scholar and a film historian. His narrative is full of interesting historical detail and astute critical commentary...a fine reference book and, for those interested in film history, an interesting read.
American Reference Books Annual

...performs its scholarly service well...tell[s] us is everything we ever wanted to know and more about filmed adaptations of Dickens...an invaluable resource.
Dickens Quarterly

...evaluations are enlightening and fair...a good source for learning how classic literature can be adapted to suit the restrictions of different media and new audiences...
The Big Reel

...an engaging and informative text examining a book first published in the holiday season. There is already an excellent general survey of screen adaptations.
Classic Images

Surveys the range of film, television, and video adaptations of Dickens' work, describing obscure and popular productions from the silent film era to the present.
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