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- kevin sellers
Saw part one and was frankly worn down by the middle of the second hour, so I didn't hang around for part two. Derek Jacobi was great as a calm center of humane-ness in the middle of a typical late Dickensian shitstorm of greed, bureaucracy, deceit, poverty, and death. If the film had been cut to two hours it would have been better, but as it was I felt bludgeoned by the bleakness hammer in the second half and, thus, lost consciousness. I also felt Christine Edzard's pacing was molasses like and her sense of place, well, kinda generic. The scenes in the Marshelsea prison were especially unremarkable. Just stairways and an alleyway and standard interiors. Looked like a barrel factory or something. Same with the Circumlocution Office. Average hallways, with a few hangers on. Absolutely no sense of the dead hand of red tape. So, despite the usual fine acting from the Brits, and a couple scenes (like the one with Jacobi's desiccated, venal mother, played to perfection by Joan Greenwood, and the scene where Panks turns on his blandly rapacious boss) that linger in the mind, I'll give this one a C plus. P.S. Considering that Edzard seems to have every goddamn character of Dickens' 800 page novel in her film, it is REALLY annoying that she omits two of the best, the proto Lesbo Miss Wade (about as kinky as Dickens gets) and her prey, Tattycoram. I mean, if you're gonna jettison someone, then why not Tight Barnacle Jr. who does absolutely nothing, or the Plornishes, who are similarly under utilized?
TCM Does It Again!
- Loren Harding
Culture and difficult novels are unknown to TCM. They have it wrong again. The picture of the Little Dorrit from the TCM Shop is the 2009 BBC version, with Matthew McFadyen as Arthur Clennam and Judy Parfitt as his mother. This is a good version, despite an apocalyptic ending not in the novel. However, the description on TCM is of the two part, six hour 1987 film by Christine Edzard, with Sir Alec Guinness, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Miriam Margolyes. The ho-hum, flat `synopsis`tells one nothing. Little Dorrit is not Dickens`s least known novel -- Barnaby Rudge is that, don`t you know -- but it well may be his greatest. Opt for the two part, six hour film, one of the greatest screen adaptations of a classic ever.
I also missed the beginning of Part 1. I saw all Part 11 and just loved the movie. I had never seen it before. I would love to see the full Part 1. Please run it again!
I so enjoyed "Little Dorrit"
- Valerie Nolin
Fortunately I got to see Parts I and II for Little Dorrit. I just think it was wonderful! And I have thoroughly enjoyed the Charles Dickens movies playing this month.
show it again
like others I missed part of Little Dorrit. Please play it again
Would have like to have seen Part II
I enjoyed part 1 and would have like to see part 2, but it would have ended at 2:30AM Eastern time. I hope it is shown again. I thoroughly enjoyed this version.
Bad DVR Timing
Like many other reviewers, part of the film was lost for me too. I'm so upset! I've hoped TCM would show this film for a few years & when it finally happened, the beginning was cut off from Part 2. Please show it again!
Renee is absolutely right. I recorded both parts on my Dish DVR and the start times and end times were inaccurate. I missed completely the beginning of Part II. Yes, please re-air. I must say I have never before experienced this kind of error on TCM.
- Sue Reyburn
Really enjoyed "Little Dorrit part 1 & 2 today. I am watching the PBS series also on Sunday nights. The acting is superb!
Little Dorrit Part 1 Part 2
Both these parts should be re-aired making sure the start/end times are "ACCURATE".Seeing how I missed both ending by at least 8 min.Please re-air.
This movie should be aired again. I would suggest that both parts be aired on the same day or over two days. I stumbled on part I by accident. With other committments, I could not watch the entire movie. As I watch part II, I feel that I've missed important information from the previous movie. Ugh! Next month? Maybe?
Will "Little Dorrit Part I" be repeated?
- Roberta Sharpe-Martin
I missed seeing Part I of "Little Dorrit" this past Saturday, 4 April 2009 and would like to know if you will repeat the two parts of this story in the very near future. I shall watch Part II this coming Saturday, but would love to see Part I. I am presently watching the PBS verison on Sundays.I would very much appreciate having any information about a rerun of this film.Thank you,Roberta
EXCELLENT VERSION OF A LESSER KNOWN DICKENS NOVEL
Part Two, the concluding part of this version, will air on Saturday April 11 at 9:00 am Eastern daylight savings time USA. Derek Jacobi is excellent in this version and we have the pleasure of a late and fine performance by Alec Guinness as well. I haven't seen this in years owing to it not being on dvd. It is as good as I'd recalled. This should certainly be released on dvd.
- Rebecca Lynne
Dear TCM - I accidently tuned into the presentation of Part I of Little Dorrit and was disapointed that you did not post when the Part II would be shone. Please advise, I do not want to miss it. I understand this is the version made in the 80's. Is this correct? thank you, Rebecca
Little Doritt, part 11
- Evelyn Lambden
When will you show Little Doritt, Part 11and 111?
I Missed It ... When it will air again?
- Maureen Butler
It's now past noon in my time zone and I missed this film! I would have loved to have seen it and compared it to the newest version now airing Sunday nights on PBS' Masterpiece Classic. This latest version began last Sunday and I see is also available on DVD via Amazon.com and the Critic's Choice catalog.How do I find out when/if TCM will schedule this version again????
I too stumbled upon "Little Dorrit"
- Mary Lennox
I too stumbled upon TCM's showing of "Little Dorrit". That was this morning, Sat, April 4. Outdoors snow flakes are quickly eclipsed by sun bursts as huge white and black clouds pass by in a turbulent Spring storm. So much like the movie! Not on my Saturday agenda, but so compellingly alive in the way a good movie can be. What a gem! As soon as it was over, I jumped on line to find out where I could buy Part II and Part I. I was disappointed to find TCM doesn't have it!I won't give up - in the world of movie procurement, "Epartmentofcircumcopyrightinternetarchival office" ML
It is one of Dicken's unheralded masterpieces. Derik Jacobi is superb and I'm always suprised that so few Dicken's lovers are aware of this wonderful adaption. Jump on it if you can get it because it is very hard to find. Libraries seem to be the only ones to have it.
I stumbled upon this playing on TCM and spent the next couple hours completely spellbound with the complexity and the politics of social standings in that erra. I wish they'd release it on dvd. It's certainly one I'd like to throw in the player on that rainy day.
A Dicken's Delight for the Eyes
I could kick myself, I used to have this on cassette, but sadly it no longer works. Dicken's interweaving of stories for which he is famous, succeeds brilliantly in Little Dorrit. So beautifully filmed. It captures the imagination from start to finish and it truly tells of the lives of people during the "work house" era. If you read anything of Charles Dickens you will know that what he wrote about, reflected what his life was before he became a writer of timeless fiction. Please consider this as a DVD release soon.
I recently viewed this for the first time on a late night cable channel and was hooked.( Especially since I am currently reading this volume) Stayed up all night watching part 1 and 2 Since then have been trying to locate this for home. I hope they will release it soon I would love to add it to my classics collection.