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Probably the most faithful adaptation of Oliver Twist,
This review is from: Oliver Twist [DVD] (DVD)
This adaptation is far less revisionist than any of the many other versions I have seen. Sam Smith's portrayal of Oliver screams purity and innocence, which is true to the text. Robert Lindsay's Fagin is bewitching, and it is easy to see why the boys submit to him. The evocation of London tallies with official records of what the different parts of London were like at the time. It shows clearly the difference in the standard of living of 'Respectable People' and society's most vulnerable. This was drawn directly from the text, which Dickens deliberately wrote as way of pricking the conscience of his readership. This was part of Dickens' effort to support the works of reformers such as Lord Shaftesbury and Doctor Thomas Barnardo.
One or two of the characters have been made slightly more human and palatable in this adaptation than in the original book. That is a reflection of the changing state of the audience, and detracts little from the overall effectiveness of the piece.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2014 22:02:45 BDT
Most faithful adaptation? Come off it; there were colossal alterations to the original, none of which I would consider an improvement. Even the musical version of the story was more faithful to Dickens's original than this production.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2014 02:56:49 BDT
There were some alterations, yes, but this production remained faithful in more of the key points of the book (the unabridged version of which I have read several times) than any of the film versions I have seen, including the musical. Are you sure that the version of the book you have read is the original version rather than one of the many modern adaptations, reinterpretations, abridgements, sanitisations, bowdlerisations, or editions produced to wartime economy standards? Each of these changed the story from the original folio edition.
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