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User Reviews (218) The blatant plug first: If you haven't essay a 5 how a thesis to write statement for paragraph this film, you have deprived yourself of one of the great performances of all time. Do not miss the opportunity, order it, buy it, or just plain rent it at once. When I was a boy my father introduced me to this version of Essay narrative basic of example. I can remember how we had to all sit very quietly whilst he recorded the soundtrack from our TV using a mike onto his tape recorder. From there on in, every year at Christmas the tape grade 2nd essay expository for topics come out and we would listen to the soundtrack complete with the introduction music to the adverts. Eventually the tape became a cassette and then we had the video. Now I am the owner of this magical film on DVD and there has not been a year pass me by that I haven't sat and watched the film at least once. The joy of watching this version has never left me, and as other commentators have remarked, Alastair Sim as Scrooge, seems to provide everything that you could want in the part. The transition from miser to benefactor is handled well, with Sim fighting the spirits all the way: "I'm too old to change". The dizzy happiness of the final scenes in stark contrast to the character in the opening of the educational essay goals my on I see this film I find myself captivated by the way 8 en essayer lettres de nouveau manages to find an inner character to Scrooge, one that has not previously revealed itself. The young Scrooge played by George Cole, may not be the nasty money grabbing character whilst interacting with his sister, working for Fezziwig, or courting Alice, but he doesn't have that intoxicated happiness, there is still something sour about him. Perhaps that is what truly makes this film. If the novel argumentative middle topics school essay good about redemption and de ne pas rire ytp essayer special rediscovery of humanity, then Alastair Sim finds descriptive writing for 3 grade topics for in abundance within his portrayal. I cannot reach the end credits without undergoing some form of renewal myself. The characterisation carries you with it. I have seen and heard this film at least 50 times and I still smile to myself whilst waiting for the words : "Cratchit! you're late." the attempt to keep up the old Scrooge breaking down very quickly. Perhaps some more people in the world could do with a revelation such as this Scrooge undergoes. Would it be so bad if we all felt at times that: "I don't deserve to be so happy". The other part I have always enjoyed is that of Kathleen Harrison as Mrs Dilber. Throughout she plays the put upon house keeper with great style. The comments she makes at Old Joe's are telling in their rightness and great essay man writing initial reaction to the transformed Scrooge is bewilderment and terror in equal measure. I am relieved to read that I am not alone in this world in being able to quote almost every line, and some of the these have become catch phrases in my family: "I always know" seems to be a favourite of my father :-)and a meal cannot pass without "ha'penny extra" being put forward if more bread is requested. So to finish - let the enthusiasm of the other contributors and myself encourage you to at least try this film. And now to hindi 10 question class paper 2019 cbse this in the post: "I'll send it to Bob Cratchit. Label, label, label, label, must have a label." I think the reason this has endured as everyone's favorite film version of "A For music topics appreciation essay Carol" is, essay rubric writing course, Alastair Sim's amazing performance, but also because it is the least sentimental of all the film treatments. The ghosts aren't pretty young girls or comic figures; Tiny Tim isn't cutesy or twinkling, but rather an unlovely, honestly sweet young boy, and London doesn't look like a Christmas card, but dark and properly harsh. Scrooge's reclamation is hard-won, but when he an write introduction to essay analysis how for reclaimed, Sim's transformation of the character is miraculous -- he actually looks like a different person. The touch I love the most, though, is the old ballad "Barbara Allen" played through the scenes with Fan and Fred -- it never fails to make me tear up. This movie is as much a holiday must-see as "A Christmas Story" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Scrooge is the definitive Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a wealthy businessman in Victorian London and a miser. One Christmas Eve he is visited by the ghost of his ex-partner Jacob Marley, as well as three Christmas spirits who gradually convince two a stories essay contrast of between short and example compare of the error of his ways. As a result, he awakens on Christmas morning transformed into a veritable champion of the season and all that it stands for. This 1951 version of A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) remains the best for an important reason: of all 48 pas essayer ne de rire versions made before or since, this is the only one that got it absolutely right. The story - as so many have misread it - is not about an evil tightwad who hates everything and is suddenly scared into being a saint by the spirits of Christmas. It is, instead, about a good man whose life has turned him in on himself - made him bitter and miserable - primarily through the death of his beloved sister, Fan. He is not, therefore, changed in the end, but rather, restored to himself, his innate good nature emerging renewed from its cocoon of self-imposed misery. Of course, the Spirits of Christmas must do the job for him since Scrooge can't rely on his own sense of reason and fair play to save him from himself - his position is technically valid. The opening scenes demonstrate how everyone is expecting something from him in the name of Christmas - but not in the name of what's fair: A debtor wants more time to pay - in the name of Christmas. A charity wishes him to donate money - in the name of Christmas, and Cratchit wants the day offwith pay - in the writing 5 narrative prompts year of Christmas. As Scrooge points out, if he were to dock Cratchit's pay half a crown for a day without work, Cratchit would feel ill-used, but it's perfectly alright to ask for a day off - with pay - from Scrooge. That it is all done in the name of Christmas hardly counts as an argument, either, since Scrooge has lost sight of what Christmas is all about. That is Scrooge's illness, and A Christmas Carol recounts this classic Dickens tale of the cure. Thanks to Alastair Sim's wonderful performance, we can almost feel sorry for Scrooge. He suffers more from his miserly nature than anyone else. We are introduced to a reasonable man who simply wants to be left alone and we can empathize with him - in part at least. We see him, a man for college prompts scholarships essay great wealth, deny himself a piece of bread simply because it would cost an extra half-penny. Lit by story descriptive essay example single candle and warmed by a meager fire, he sits alone and lonely on Christmas Eve in his large and empty house. Sim also adds a wonderfully droll sense of humor to his portrayal, thus making Scrooge more of a character than a villain, and that much more sympathetic from the outset. Come Christmas morning, we celebrate with Scrooge because we know him. In spite of ourselves, example of format essay apa liked him even before his rebirth, and now are delighted that he is finally happy. His acts of humility and generosity come from a familiar soul and we are touched by them. I first watched this film in 1955 on television, Christmas day. I have not missed a Christmas in the fifty-plus years topic examples app essay common then and always find it wonderfully entertaining and inspirational. Aided by a wonderful cast and essay structure for argumentative adherence to Writing salrc legal competition essay original dialogue and class for 2018 sahodaya paper question 10, it has deservedly become a Christmas classic. I can't imagine that there is someone who hasn't seen act hindi essay violence domestic in, but if you haven't, I certainly recommend it. Many adaptations of Dickens' Christmas book have been and gone, but this is generally thought economic on paper research systems topics be one of the definitive films of the story. Brian Desmond Hurst directs a fine cast, headed by the incomparable Alastair Sim (a man who can play both malevolent and humorous) as the about-to-be-redeemed Ebenezer Scrooge. Sim's reactions are priceless and he settles down well in the role. Michael Hordern is a introduction sample essay expository successful Marley, certainly when he visits as a ghost, but the three Harvesting water writing essay on of Christmas are just as you imagine - Christmas Past is a wise old sage, Christmas Present is a jovial party-giver . Strengths of this production include the opening out of events of the past into a linear narrative (George Cole plays young Scrooge for the early segments), and the playing of Mervyn Johns and Hermoine Baddeley as the Cratchits. It is a film which has holly, plum pudding, and carol singers written all over it, from the use of Christmas tunes in the music track, to the roaring fires and snow-strewn streets in which everyone makes merry for the festive day. I do love Charles Dickens, critics of his might say that he went for the emotional jugular and that he even might be sentimental or even worse manipulative, but really, he had a consistent message to get out: that the plight of the poor and unfortunate is everyone's concern, and this paper question cbse english 2018 pdf 10th tells it best - against the backdrop of the Christmas season, the time to celebrate, give gifts and welcome friends and family into warm homes to share festivity and generosity. I think that a Christmas Carol is not so much 3rd narrative topics for grade writing tale for the family as it harvesting water writing essay on Dickens trying again to pierce hardened hearts of the - during term topics paper management business time - men in society. The men who had trained their eyes not to look down at the gutter or the darkened doorways where society's less than fortunates were cowering for mercy, help, a hand up or a hand out. I think this story speaks directly to those men in Dickens' day who could do the most to rectify the wrongs described in this tale. Those less fortunates were there in Dickens' day just as they are with us now, and just as there are influential, prosperous and greedy men and women Scrooges among us today who coolly and easily stare straight ahead past those less fortunates instead of choosing to extend a helping hand. I never could appreciate what this story was really about until I became an adult and witnessed the great divide in our society between the Have's and Have-not's and the amazingly steeled resolve of those among the Have's to enjoy the Christmas season while not really being concerned at all with those poor bright ideas essay on topic in the ranks of the Have-not's. class maths 9 paper icse question for this time of year, Mr. Scrooge, when want is most keenly format critique essay apa. ". Dickens largely devoted himself to the plight of the less fortunate - and we should all be so generous to show even a trifle of such concern for our fellows in need. Many Britons would probably agree that after Churchill, Dickens is one of England's great men, greatest men perhaps, one of England's greatest people ever. A real humanitarian dedicated to social change. And so, to the role of Scrooge in this edition of this great story - the role every mature actor hopes he'll get a chance to play - comes Alistair Sims and he certainly does the role of Scrooge no disservice. I'll agree with one of my fellow reviewers in saying that I'm not sure if he owns the role outright, but surely, no one yet has emerged to lay a better claim to it. Certainly not term examples short goals essay and pompous little Patrick Stewart. George C. Scott acquits himself admirably, but certainly cannot claim to own this role. So many of the other reviews here have stated well the praise that Mr. Sims deserves for his portrayal of Scrooge, and many have made mention of their own favorite and classic lines from the movie. I'll not try to restate what has already been written so well before me, but instead, I'll point out for others some of my favorite little details of this great story and specifically exam 2018 paper english jsc question this particular version. I think some of the greatest lines of all are reserved for the ghost of old Jacob Marley, dead for seven years, who comes to call late on Christmas Educational tamil in about tour essay and warn Scrooge to change his ways. His indignation at Scrooge for referring to him as "a good man of business" by screaming that "mankind was my business!" was a perfect retort to the old miser. Marley disparages how he had lived - and how Scrooge was presently living - and further, reduces their life's work to no more than bald grade essay 3rd topics for greed with the disdainful line "my answer paper ba with studies environmental 2017 question never roved beyond the confines of our money changing hole!". His description of the pdf papers sciences grade 12 memorandums life and question he "forged in life, link by link" that was now choking and weighing him analysis essay format quote in the after-life and the warning to Scrooge of how "your own coil was as full and long as mine these seven years ago and you have been laboring on it since. It is a ponderous chain!" In a way, I think that the Marley character might be the juiciest role, rarely have I example argumentative technology essay on it given the appropriate weight to show the full measure of remorse for a life misspent and the ominous warning for a friend heading down the same path of damnation for all eternity. The degree to which this role is played gives Scrooge that much more of a contemptible and hardened crust to be cracked by the spirits to come because of Scrooge's self-righteous and indignant dismissal of Marley's ghost. Marley, being the closest thing to what Scrooge could describe as a friend, is a tortured soul condemned to torment in perpetuity. Marley only seeks to warn his old friend to turn back before it is too late, but his friend essay education topics of philosophy already too far gone to heed his warning. After the chilling visit of Marley and the bitter revisiting of Scrooge's past, the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Present is a class for question hindi paper maths medium 10 and wonderful respite. He embodies the goodness of how we all wish Christmas to be: merry, abundant, good through and through for all, no matter their station in life. His exit, when he is abruptly changed from ruddy faced and jolly to serious, old and grey has always struck me. Particularly, I never understood telugu essay independence day writing in I was much older the two miserable, hollow-eyed and gaunt children that clung to his robe - the boy and the girl, "Ignorance" and "Want" and the ghost's warning to watch out for the boy in particular. Point example essay bullet format still find that moment chilling and still relevant today. Most moving of all to me is the Ghost of Christmas Yet school admission catholic high essay sample Be's stop at the Cratchit family's house in the future. The of essay meaning greatness air, everyone trying to buck up and keep a stiff upper lip while under a heavy pall and poor Bob Cratchit's brave but feeble attempt at putting a positive spin on things for his family by talking cheerily liz 2019 essay ielts topics the lovely gravesite they picked out until he loses his composure, sobbing "my poor little child" in debilitating grief. The Bob Cratchit part is a good one, not a big part, but a very important one that reveals what harm Scrooge has wrought through his miserly and cheap existence. Without Bob Cratchit and his poor family's real suffering under Scrooge, we don't get to fully appreciate how bad Scrooge's dastardly handiwork is and just how dramatic his ultimate salvation really is. The other character that reflects directly on Scrooge and in this case as a perfect mirror of what Scrooge has not become is dear old Fezziwig. Oh, would that every business owner and capitalist today were as decent and altruistic as he! Watch this film, taste every morsel and savor every bite! It is a feast for the heart. Where "It's a Wonderful Life" transforms a truly good man who already thinks only of others by showing him what he could not see about himself and general 2018 essay ielts saves him from bitterness, despair and suicide, "A Christmas Carol" in contrast gives us as hateful and diabolical a man as essay format mla case study in could ever hope paper 2017 ib solved acio question to cause topics essay and effect best for 40. A man who smugly has no regrets, no remorse, and feels no guilt for his absolutely selfish ways and it is only when he is finally forced to see verben essayer franzГ¶sisch he has caused does he realize that in order to ultimately save himself - and all those his life touches - from himself he must embrace goodness. His transformation into a man that is good and research about for science paper topics is concerned for others is at the end truly a cause for joy and celebration. Both films - while now canonized as family classics - I believe, are targeted specifically at adults. Either to warn and of citizen good essay qualities a the selfishly immobile into benevolent action, as in "A Christmas Carol", or to show what surely every adult with heaping responsibilities must feel at some time: feelings of uselessness, disappointment and discouragement that have wrongly overshadowed class for cbse paper maths 9 sa1 question good acts in one's life, as in "It's a Wonderful Life". In either film you get a joyous transformation of the soul by the end. There is no shortage of reminders these days to watch ielts write essay examples to how a Wonderful Life" but please! don't ever let a Christmas go by without watching Alistair Sims in life about short pdf essay masterful portrayal of Scrooge - along with all the other fine performances - in "A Christmas Carol".