V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Scrooge

V' 17

Scrooge

Brian Desmond Hurst
GB, 1951
86min, OF

Quelle: Filmarchiv Austria Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Scrooge

Brian Desmond Hurst
GB, 1951
, 86min, OF

Actors: 
Alastair Sim
Ebenezer Scrooge
George Cole
junger Ebenezer Scrooge
Mervyn Johns
Bob Cratchit
Hermione Baddeley
Mrs. Cratchit
Michael Hordern
Jacob Marley
Screenplay: 
Noel Langley basierend auf der Erzählung «A Christmas Carol» von Charles Dickens
Camera: 
C.M. Pennington-Richards
Editor: 
Clive Donner
Composer: 
Richard Addinsell
Decoration: 
Freda Pearson
Costume: 
Doris Lee
Phyllis Dalton

Production: 
Renown Pictures Corp.
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

My selection was either SCROOGE or Pier Paolo Pasolini’s IL VANGELO SECONDO MATTEO. Two matchless literary adaptions, two deeply political films, the latter a more obviously cultivated choice. But I grew up Jewish, watching this yearly on TV at Christmas time, finding it strangely powerful and utterly true to Dickensian (and Marxist!) spirit. I had no idea it was rejected for it’s holiday premiere at Radio City Music Hall as “too dark and depressing for American audiences” or that Belfast-born director Brian Desmond Hurst was mentored into film by lifelong friend and champion John Ford, or that Hurst was flamboyantly gay. In my research to decide which film to dedicate for Hans I found a quote describing SCROOGE’s director which said much about Hurch as well: “The roguery and the sophistication had evaporated, replaced by a childlike openness that was kind and simple and pure.”I then discovered that Hurst’s original name was not Brian but Hans. That seemed to be a sign, and the die was cast. (Jem Cohen)

In the presence of Jem Cohen.

With V’07-TRAILER: A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Jem Cohen.

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