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Feb 5, 2021

MGM, 1935, and two David O. Selznick Dickens adaptations: George Cukor's David Copperfield and Jack Conway's A Tale of Two Cities. Hollywood invents a cinematic language for Dickens, using a mixture of American and British actors, and miraculously pulls it off, in what Dave considers Selznick's finest hour as a producer. (We know he means with the exception of Portrait of Jennie.) We discuss the complex psychology of Copperfield and the simplistic history of Tale of Two Cities.

Also discussed in the episode: Kate Corbelay, head of the story department at MGM.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:      David Copperfield [dir. George Cukor]                         

1h 00m 015s:    A Tale of Two Cities [dir. Jack Conway]

1h 49m 08s:      Listener correspondence from Adam          


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