by Brad Nelson 12/24/14
Here’s a StubbornThings-like article from John Corry at The American Spectator on the various adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Sing Praises to Alastair Sim’s “A Christmas Carol”.
His opinion, of course, is right on because he holds up the 1951 Scrooge production with Alastair Sim as the Dickensian gold standard. And he rightly praises the production with George C. Scott (a favorite of mine as well) and has appropriate criticism for the (in my opinion as well) entirely over-rated and subpar production featuring Patrick Stewart:
But he declaims his way through the part, and while Scott’s Scrooge is genuinely repentant when he meets Dickens’s ghosts, Stewart’s might just as well be Jean-Luc Picard meeting some Klingons.
I hope to get a chance to view the 1951 version sometime today.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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