Tale of Two Cities-1935

Directed By: Jack Conway Starring: Ronald Colman

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Charles Dickens' tale of love and tumult during the French Revolution comes to the screen in a sumptuous film version by the producer famed for nurturing sprawling literary works: David O. Selznick (David Copperfield, Anna Karenina, Gone with the Wind). Ronald Colman (The Prisoner of Zenda) stars as Sydney Carton - sardonic, dissolute, a wastrel...and destined to redeem himself in an act of courageous sacrifice. "It's a far, far better thing I do than I've ever done," Carton muses at that defining moment. This is far, far better filmmaking, too: a Golden Era marvel of uncanny performances top to bottom, eye-filling crowd scenes (the storming of the Bastille, thronged courtrooms, an eerie festival of public execution) and lasting emotional power. Revolution is in the air!


Studio Warner
SKU 202860263
UPC 012569793699
UPC 14 00012569793699
Format DVD
Release Date 10/10/2006
Rating NR
Period Piece
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
Note Lavish and well-acted production of Dickens' 1857 novel of the French Revolution. Ronald Colman plays the flippant lawyer who lends aid to the victims of the Reign of Terror. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Picture, Best Film Editing.
Jack Conway
Ronald Colman
Cast & Crew
Conrad A. Nervig - Editor
David O. Selznick - Producer
Edna May Oliver - Actor
Elizabeth Allan - Actor
Herbert Stothart, et. al. - Original Music By
Jack Conway, et. al. - Director
Oliver T. Marsh - Cinematographer
Reginald Owen - Actor
Ronald Colman - Actor
W.P. Lipscomb, et. al. - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1935
Catalog ID 79369
UPC 00012569793699
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 165 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Nominee (1937) Oscar, Conrad A. Nervig, Best Film Editing,Oscar, David O. Selznick, Best Picture
ReviewSource Epinions.com
Review A Tale of Two Cities has an absolutely brilliant cast, particularly in Ronald Colman, as the lead, but also in the supporting roles, including Basil Rathbone as the hated French aristocrat Marquis St. Evremond, Henry B. Walthall as Lucie's father, Dr. Manette, Edna May Oliver as the faithful servant, Miss Pross, and Blanche Yurka, who almost steals the show, as the arch villainess Madame DeFarge. Madame DeFarge, a leader of the revolutionaries, knits up a storm and never fails to vote for the death penalty as she sits on the tribunal of the Reign of Terror.
Reviewer George Chabot
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Colman,Ronald
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Brian Koller, FilmsGraded.com ...impressive sets and crowd shots...dramatic and entertaining.
Micheal W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdogs Movies ...a grand, sweeping storyline; impeccable period costumes and sets; and colorful villains and selfless heroes.

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