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Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist 1948

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Oliver Twist 1948 U

115 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

The best-known cinematic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel is also a key film in the career of the British great David Lean, as he moved further towards visually lavish literary adaptations. The story of orphaned Oliver’s exploits after he runs away from the workhouse is rendered with highly cinematic monochrome beauty by Lean and cinematographer Guy Green.

Alec Guinness’ highly theatrical Fagin remains the most memorable interpretation of the character while John Howard Davies delivers the most perfectly innocent onscreen Oliver. A regular feature in lists of the best British films of all time (it came 46th in the BFI’s poll of 1999), the film endures for many reasons, not least its evocative and perilous depiction of Victorian London.

Directed by

David Lean

Featuring

Robert Newton

Alec Guinness

Genres

Costume drama

Collection

Based on the Book… British Classics

Certificate

U Contains mild scary scenes and violence

Released

1948

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Independent Producers

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