Taut, tight and telling adaptation with a far from picaresque view of Victorian London. Beautifully balanced in almost every facet, this is lean Lean converting an essentially written truth into one of great visual beauty. One of the highest points of British cinema.
David Lean's film is still one of the best Dickens adaptions (although Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist" isn't bad as well). The black and white photography is very intriguing, also the score by British composer Arnold Bax (it has some really great moments).