#032: Oliver Twist

criterion32DAVID LEAN

1948

It’s rare that anyone ever adapted Dickens to the screen better than David Lean did, but unlike his adaptation of Great Expectations, which was met with audience raves and a couple of Oscars, his film of the popular tale of the street urchin with a fine destiny was ravaged by controversy that kept it from being released in America for years.  As I was performing in a theatrical production of the musical Oliver, I was inspired to look back at this wonderful film and investigate its history as well as thinking about the ways in which great art manages to apply to modern thinking.

Listen to my episode of the podcast here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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