Sure, he does bring out some character traits that seem over the top and some of his descriptions are almost garish, but it still works. It differed but a little from the book and only once where it annoyed me. On its stairs she received her education - learned to read and write, learned her English history in the form of stories told of kings and queens. But Amy Dorrit is adorable! But whilst it scores, it also continues to disappoint. The acting is perfect - with key emotional scenes being utterly believable.
Three stars, not more than that. I began trying out books read by some of my favorite , as well as those recommended in the comments. She doesn't take it kindly. Still, pretty much everybody else is investing so much energy on self-deception, and making such a point of believing their own lies, I sometimes felt exhausted just watching them. In one of the Introductions it is claimed that Little Dorrit is Dickens darkest novel, and that only one of the characters, Flora Finching is a comic character. True, they may have caused the financial ruin of some of the parties at various times, but this seems to have been more of an accident than anything else. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Panks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the tipsily garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office.
Clennam then collapses out of her wheel chair and in a somewhat ridiculous scene reminiscent of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher, the house begins to fall down around her, killing the would be blackmailer Rigaud. If he was getting paid by the page, I'm not hatin', but it seemed to drag on and on and on without really going anywhere. Meaning what I'm going to say now is going to sound, really, really pretentious. If you have never read Dickens, give yourself a good hard slap now and get started. However the scenes between John Chivery, Arthur and Amy are moving and beautifully handled. She was convincing in her character too. Fanny and Edward slide smoothly into their new positions as wealthy socialites, but Amy struggles.
Nor are there attempts to shorten our discomfort - in fear of our short attention spans. But in several scenes Tovey succeeds in lifting up his character to an almost grandiose level. He conceived a novel of confinement and corruption, a web of debtors and creditors. Dickens says of her that she is guilty of reverse creation—creating a judging, wrathful god out of the dust of her own image. The intensity of the satire is missing which is a great shame, since a central part of the story finds its perfect parallel in events unfolding both in this country and elsewhere right now. This sprawling movie can take a lot of discipline to watch in its entirety, but it is worth seeing just for the performances of Derek Jacobi in the first half and Alec Guinness in the second.
Tom Courtenay is truly heart-wrenching as Amy's father, in one of his best understated performances, and I do think Courtenay is in some ways undervalued as an actor, Allun Armstrong is as reliable as ever as Jeremiah and Andy Serkis steals every scene he's in in a truly sinister performance as Rigaud who is a real creep. Laugh-out-loud, disgust, full-out, chest-heaving weeping in sadness and in joy. So much of it is contained in the narrative - which, of course, cannot be easily represented on screen, and certainly not in the subtle language of his style. I love the Italy part of the book too, and the description of the travelers in the Alps at the beginning of the 'riches' part of the novel, so evocative, I can remember it even now though it has been several years since I read Little Dorrit. His character is clearly put into the story as a comic relief the counterpart of Flora Finching who in vain tries to win back Arthur , and his unstoppable sobbing and desperation when his love is rejected are comical indeed. His wife and two children joined him.
And as the reader, you find yourself constantly trying to figure out which way he is going to go. The two parts of the film contain many of the same scenes, seen from different points of view and remembered differently, so that half a line of throwaway dialogue in the first version may turn out, in the second version, to have been absolutely crucial. Having said that, Andrew Davies' Little Dorrit was really very good. Among other hard-felt losses stemming from this neglect, is the missed opportunity to engage in some of the fun that best exemplifies Dickens' sense of humour and satire. His multifaceted Dorrit awed me until the very end and will resonate with me for a long time.
We go from the elegant salons of the uber-rich to the dank cells of the imprisoned impoverished. Amy is the perfect daughter and the perfect Dickensian woman. Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, and the garrulous Flora Finching, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier, and the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. Every paragraph is a sermon on human behavior. The second or even third rhetorical flourish becomes overbearing, for this reader, anyway.
In the early stages, in particular, she choreographs Derek Jacobi in slow motion and there are agonising pauses between lines. Although most of the exteriors are studio constructed the interiors have an extraordinary sense of authenticity down to the last detail. This book took me quite a while to read to but it was so worth it! Dorrit decides to take his family on a holiday to Europe. That said however, I was thoroughly transported into the Dickens' world that I love and wait with anticipation, the next production. In the end, if I had to describe this series in one word; it's really, truly 'sweet' - there is no other word! Whether this is how the book reads I cannot say, but this is not as good as Bleak house was.
We are told that old Dorrit, the Guinness character, lives in the prison for 20 years. All his novels are so packed full of life, interest, intrigue, social observation, satire and humour amongst many other things - how can you fail to find them anything other than compelling! Dickens shows with this embittered novel that he believes British society to be rotten to the core, and riddled with deceit. She took an unusual approach to this long book. You might find it worth finding a better edited is that what it is? When Amy tells him that her family's wealth was also lost through the investments, they marry. The actor playing Tip likely never went far. If only real people could be like this.
Merdle, I would hint that it originated after the Railroad Share epoch, in the times of a certain Irish bank, and of one or two other equally laudable enterprises. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 1974 میلادی عنوان: دوریت کوچک؛ چارلز دیکنز؛ مترجم: محمد قاضی، رضا عقیلی؛ تهران، جاویدان، 1343؛ در 364 ص؛ عنوان: دوریت کوچک؛ چارلز دیکنز؛ مترجم: فریده تیموری؛ تهران، ماد، 1370؛ در دوجلد؛ ص؛ عنوان: دوریت کوچک؛ چارلز دیکنز؛ مترجم: فریده تیموری؛ تهران، سمیر، 1388؛ در727 ص؛ چکیده: موضوع عامیانه این رمان نوشته نویسنده سرشناس انگلیسی چارلز دیکنز رفتارهای موجود در ادارات دولتی است که در آنزمان از نظر کندی کار و تنبلی کارکنان مورد اعتراض مردم بوده است. Reading Little Dorrit is like having your own portable fireplace to cozy up to. All in all it is a great adaptation and I would highly recommend it. Rugg, rubbing his hands with a cheerful air.