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“Like many fond parents, I have in my heart a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.” Charles Dickens
And here in Dickens’ own favourite and most enduring novel bursts onto screen in a dazzling adaptation, with a truly world-class cast bringing alive some of the most famous characters in fiction. Bob Hoskins as the ever-optimistic Mr Micawber; Maggie Smith as David’s fearsome aunt, Betsey Trotwood; Trevor Eve as the sadistic Mr Murdstone; Nicholas Lyndhurst as sly, sinister Uriah Heap; Pauline Quirke as David’s loyal friend and servant, Peggotty; and featuring Ciarán McMenamin as David, with Harry Lloyd (the 15-year-old descendant of Charles Dickens himself) as the young Steerforth.
• The Making of David Copperfield
• An additional 30 minutes (in 5.1) of the original music composed by Rob Lane.
Compiled and digitally edited by David Maurice
Like a fine gourmet meal, the BBC's 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield has something to suit every taste: a well-paced screenplay that keeps the tale bowling along without losing the delights of some of Dickens' most sparkling dialogue; a rich gallery of characters; and a cast which features many of Britain's favourite actors. There is, of course, plenty of high comedy but some very tight direction checks any tendencies to over-ripe performance. The whole production is tightly integrated: from David's idyllic if cloistered childhood with his beloved mother and their devoted servant Peggotty, through the shattering arrival of a sadistic stepfather, rescue by his eccentric Aunt Betsey Trotwood and a journey into maturity where his very innocence makes him the unwitting agent of tragedy before all is resolved. Ciaran McMenamin is the mature David, his youthful face increasingly clouded by the gathering of experience. Trevor Eve oozes evil as his stepfather Mr Murdstone, ultimately neutralised by Maggie Smith's Aunt Betsey, a comic performance of true genius that gives frequent flashes of the vulnerable human being beneath. In other inspired pieces of casting, Nicholas Lyndhurst's incubus-like Uriah Heep haunts every scene he's in, and Pauline Quirke's Peggotty exudes the motherly warmth that sustains David during his darkest moments. Three hours of classic drama heaven. --Piers Ford -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Charles Dickens at his very best with a brilliant all-star cast - no more needs to be said, the film is brilliant ...
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