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To mark the release of classic movie based on the Charles Dickens novel The Old Curiosity Shop on DVD 14th May, we’ve been given three copies to give away. The film adaptation is directed by Thomas Bentley and stars Hay Petrie, Ben Webster and Elaine Benson.
Hay Petrie ingests the scenery as the demonic, hunchbacked Mr. Quilp in this 1935 British adaptation of Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop. Quilp is the wicked landlord who dominates and later ruins the lives of shopkeeper Trent (Ben Webster) and his resourceful granddaughter Little Nell (Elaine Benson). The death of the heroine, which created quite a brouhaha when the book was first published, is here handled with discretion and taste. Scenarists Margaret Kennedy and Ralph Neale successfully tackle the challenge of whittling Dickens’ massive novel into a playable 90 minutes. The Old Curiosity Shop would be remade three times, once as a musical with Anthony Newley as Quilp.
- Interview with BFI Dickens Season Curators Adrian Wootton & Michael Eaton
- Interview with Dickens biographer Michael Slater
- Wonderful Dickens: Dickens’ London, a 1924 silent film directed by Frank Miller
- Stills gallery
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