A Christmas Carol Quotes by Charles Dickens
A CHRISTMAS CAROL FILM ADAPTATIONS
Just enjoy the sentimentality and let the inevitable tears come. Or maybe you are made of sterner stuff. If so, read the essay below before you see the film or see it yet again, for so many of us have seen this film over and over. A Christmas Carol shines as one of the brightest stars in the British tradition of ghost stories at Christmas. Two other stars are The Turn of the Screw and Hamlet. There are twenty-two films of A Christmas Carol to say nothing of the radio and television versions or the animations like the Mickey Mouse cartoon starring Scrooge McDuck, the Mr.
The scene then shows the deceased Jacob Marley in his coffin with two pence coins covering his eyes at the funeral parlor. He apparently has died the night before on Christmas Eve. The undertaker funeral director hands a pen to an elderly, outstretched hand of Ebenezer Scrooge, who uses it to sign his name on the death certificate as being a witness. The undertaker then holds his hand out for a tip. Scrooge looks at him menacingly and then very reluctantly takes out a penny and drops it in his hand. However, the undertaker still keeps his hand out expecting more.
Stave One: Marley's Ghost
On a frigid, foggy Christmas Eve in London, a shrewd, mean-spirited cheapskate named Ebenezer Scrooge works meticulously in his counting-house. Outside the office creaks a little sign reading "Scrooge and Marley"--Jacob Marley, Scrooge's business partner, has died seven years previous.
In recent weeks ghosts, dozens - maybe even thousands - of them, have been appearing in my front room. I have, you see, been watching the many film versions there have been of the Charles Dickens classic in an endeavour to find the best movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Every year, around early December, I prepare myself for my Dickens Christmas Walk by both reading the book and watching the film. The film version I have always watched is the adaptation starring Alastair Sim, largely because a I consider it the finest version ever made and b because it brings back happy childhood memories, of when it was always on TV. As it happened, they didn't want me to speak about the Alastair Sim version but rather The Muppet Christmas Carol and Bill Murray's Scrooged , neither of which, I am ashamed to say, I had actually seen. But, a quick visit or should that be click to Amazon and, a day later, the DVD's of both appeared before me and I spent the next two days watching them. I have to say I loved them both, in particular The Muppets version, which, more or less, stuck closer to Dickens original story than practically any other film version - apart from giving Charles Dickens a big blue nose and introducing us to the Marley twins in order to make use of both Statler and Waldorf!