Movie Diary 12/26/2017

The Old Curiosity Shop (Thomas Bentley, 1934). From the Dickens novel, which I’ve never read. It is one weird movie, especially Hay Petrie’s out-there performance as Mr. Quilp, but it does capture a Dickensian spirit.

The Holly and the Ivy (George More O’Ferrall, 1952). A Christmas movie that you’ve probably seen. Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, and Denholm Elliott lead the cast. It isn’t sugar-plummy, that’s for sure – family unhappiness in the orbit of a set-in-his-ways parson, played by Richardson.

Dunkirk (Leslie Norman, 1958). Another movie by that name. John Mills and his (surprisingly malcontent) platoon are stuck on the beach; Richard Attenborough is a timorous boat-owner who reluctantly volunteers to ferry ‘cross the English Channel. A solid treatment of the event, laced through with postwar discontent.

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