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One of the best yet i guess the classics really are good.....,
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This review is from: The Signalman  [DVD] (DVD)
The Signalman by Charles Dickens is about a powerless man who is visited by a traveller (the narrator of The Signalman). The story is based on a railway accident that Dickens was involved in, where the train was derailed and ten people were killed. The whole story revolves around just two characters, the narrator and the signalman. The powerless man works as a signalman for the passing trains and lives near by the train track. The railways were only recently invented; so it was cutting edge technology. But, when the signalman sees the traveller for the first time he becomes afraid by the three words that the traveller utters 'Halloa! Below there!' As the two men talked, the signalman tells the traveller the sinister reason to why he was so scared by the traveller's greeting. This is typical of Dickens later work as he then used darker tones and more disciplined literature that had a greater sense of unity. So by the end of the visit the two men had gradually formed a firm friendship. The further meetings became more intense and there was an increased air of mystery around what the signalman was saying.
I did this for my english project and i tell you that the book and the film are exact. The characters are amazingly similar to the ones in the story. It really does give you goosebumps. I recomend this to absolutely everyone.