An orphan in search of a true home wends his way from an orphanage to a cruel apprenticeship with an undertaker to the streets of London where he falls in with a den of thieves who are trained to steal for their master.
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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).
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.
Visually spell-binding and equally engaging. This is a superbly crafted film with a rich world. A feast of characters with delicious performances. Mildly avant-garde at points and nearly perfect editing throughout. "Please sir, may I have some more?" --couldn't help myself...
Obviously a classic adaptation - probably one of the best. What struck me the last time I watched it was the beautiful and stark black and white cinematography which makes the film rather scary in places (as it should be) and brings out the Victorian squalor.