Little Dorrit details
|Starring:||Michael Elphick, Derek Jacobi, Robert Morley, Miriam Margolyes, Eleanor Bron, Robert Mo, Sarah Pickering, Derek Jaco, Cyril Cusack|
|Directors:||Christine Edzard, Christine|
|Studio:||SQUIRREL FILMS DISTRIBUTION LTD|
Little Dorrit - Nobody's Fault - Disc 1
|U Disc 1|
Little Dorrit - Little Dorrit Story - Disc 2
|U Disc 2|
|Run time:||6 hours|
|Rental release:||17 Nov 2008|
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Disappointing DickensBy a customer from Lewes , 28 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]The producers' solution to the problem of bringing Dickens' lengthy and complex novel to the screen has been to film it in two halves, concentrating on the two principal characters, Arthur Clennam and Amy Dorrit, and telling the story from their viewpoints. Predictably, this was a disaster commercially, severely restricting its release. Unfortunately, it is not a satisfactory artistic solution to the problem either, as it is like unpicking a complex tapestry, leads to an inevitable amount of repetition, and concentrates on the two main characters at the expense of the development of the subsidiary personages (always in Dickens more colourful than the main protagonists).
Regrettably, the casting is also far from ideal, in spite of star names in sometimes very small roles (e.g. Robert Morley, Liz Smith). Dickens' heroines are usually particularly pallid and Sarah Pickering does not make much impression in the title role. Derek Jacobi does somehat better, and with a different director, one feels, would have made a very acceptable Arthur Clennam. Alec Guinness is very Alec Guinness as 'The Father of the Marshalsea', but it was a bad mistake to cast the delightful Joan Greenwood as the unyieldingly puritanical Mrs Clennam. In support, Max Wall makes a memorable gargoyle of the steward, Flintwinch, one cannot overlook Miriam Margolyes as Flora Finching, and Eleanor Bron has moments as Mrs Merdle. Other actors, Cyril Cusack, Michael Elphick, are given no opportunity to develop their characters, and Roshan Seth is disastrously miscast as Panks.
For a much better version, with, it would seem, a much larger budget, and considerably better cast, try the recent BBC production.
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A terrific Dickens!By Grumpa (16 reviews) from Wakefield , 22 Feb 2013I am a Dickens fan, and most film adaptions of his work have been disappointing - large chunks of the plot go missing, much-loved characters areare written out, and condensing a large and complex story into a couple of hours often results in the story being rushed and a loss of character development. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole six hours of this film. The only reservations being some duplication due to the story is being told by two characters, a bland performance from Sarah Pickering, and some dodgy editing and sound. However, Alec Guinness is mesmerising as Mr Dorritt, and Derek Jacobi manages to bring the quiet and reserved Arthur Clennam to life. There is also a brilliant supporting cast not least of which is Miriam Margolyes wonderfully over-the-top Flora Finching and Max Wall's creepy Flintwinch.
A Superb Film in Every DepartmentBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 29 Nov 2011A brilliantly realised film that centres on two versions of the same story with the two protagonists heading each one. The first part is viewed through the eyes of Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam, with Sarah Pickering as a very demure Amy Dorrit. In the second part the roles are reversed in that Jacobi becomes the quiet man of the piece whilst Pickering shines like the guardian angel that Dickens wrote about. As far as I can make out, this was the only appearance of Pickering on screen, but it is a singular masterpiece on her part. Alec Guiness must also be mentioned for his masterclass in acting, and the cast is so full of brilliance from a whole host of famous names from 20th century British cinema that it would take up too much space to mention them all. A wonderfully powerful version of this classic story, which I'm sure the master himself would have been very proud of. Christine Edzard's film is one of the great pieces of directing, approached in an almost painterly fashion.
Wonderful DickensBy hoonie (1 review) , 30 Aug 2011Wonderful cast, wonderful acting. AS with most TV dramatisations, many of Dicken's many characters had to be ommited so that the story could be shortened. Still worth watching. Read the book if you have time!
Amazing CastBy a customer from Scarborough , 14 Mar 2009Worth watching just for the cast alone. Wished we had hold of Disc 2 so we could have gone straight on to see more.
Good drama but leaves questions unansweredBy Tillyflop (100 reviews) from England , 09 Mar 2009After watching the latest TV rendering of Little Dorrit and not understanding most of the plot I watched this dramatization. I much preferred it but it still leaves questions unanswered which I won't mention as it could spoil the end for you. I also found that the background music was far too loud and you could not hear what the characters were saying. The best instance of this was when the scene was set in the machine shop - the machine was clattering away in the foreground and the characters were chatting behind it! You would think by now after all the compalints from viewers both of TV and the cinema that someone would take this into account and do something about it. Enjoyable but wouldn't watch it again.