Oliver Twist

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Dir. David Lean

UK 1948 | Black & white | 116 mins | Cert PG | Drama

Cast: Alec Guinness, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh

Dickens’ extravagant vision of Victorian London is perfectly balanced by superb performances and Lean’s fierce grip on the sprawling narrative. Guy Green and John Bryan lend an Expressionist look to Fagin’s hellish underworld and Alec Guinness, in his second major role, gives a finely judged theatrical – if controversial – depiction of Fagin himself. Lean was always eager to open a film without dialogue and here he excels himself with a tour de force sequence of Oliver’s pregnant mother battling against a storm.

New restoration by the BFI National Archive and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Available on: DCP, 35mm

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