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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - 1977 DVD,
This review is from: Hard Times  [DVD] (DVD)
Compared with recent period TV dramas, this 1977 TV production seems to be studio bound, probably because of cost grounds. Also, some important parts of Dickens' story are omitted.
For example, the odious character Josiah Bounderby is always claiming to be a self-made man who was abandoned by his mother. In the book, Bounderby's mother turns up to tell the true story. In this TV production the mother character does not appear; hence, Bouderby's humiliation and subsequent downfall are not shown to satisfy the viewer.
Good acting though; however, overall, somewhat disappointing.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2013 14:01:52 BDT
Thanks for letting us know that, MikeD. That is a sizeable omission in my view also, very unfortunate.
Is there a really good film/DVD of Hard Times? I have just read the book, and loved it.
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Last edited by the author on 10 Sep 2013 13:49:03 BDT
Kevin 'Bionic' Jones says:
Studio bound is not a bad thing though, is it? I've seen loads of films and T.V. shows with big budgets down the years that have somehow contrived to be absolutely terrible. The script and cast are what matters, and 'Hard Times' is good on both counts.
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