89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #80- A Tale of Two Cities (1935)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 80th review of the 89 chosen Films…

a-tale“You make a mistake when you call my husband Jacques, his name is Ernest. I don’t want to make a mistake in your name. Are there two D’s is Barsad?” – Madame DeFarge

Number of Times Seen – 16 (1 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Adaptation of Charles Dicken’s novel about two men in France during the Revolution who look similar and also both love the same woman.

My Take on it – I must admit that I never have read the novel this film is based on, but have heard about the general plot over the years.

They do a great job of helping the characters from the book jump off the pages and what results is a story filled with emotion during a time of upheaval.

They did an amazing job with the production of this film because despite being made in the 1930’s, it is quite visually stunning to watch the depiction of the days before and during the French Revolution.

Having not known the full story beforehand, it was quite intriguing watching it all unfold.

I doubt if i’ll have the time or inclination to ever read the full novel, but I really enjoyed the way this was presented on screen.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of Dicken’s novel that really helps the characters jump off the pages. Visually, this film looks amazing and not having known the full story beforehand, I found it all very intriguing to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actor Ronald Colman agreed to play the role of Sydney Carton with the sole condition that he not also be required to play the role of Charles Darnay, as was usually expected in adaptations of the Dickens novel. The plot of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ turns on the physical resemblance between the two characters. Colman had long wanted to play Sidney Carton, and was even willing to shave off his beloved mustache to play the part. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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5 thoughts on “89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #80- A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

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