Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Scrooge (1970)

The familiar story finds Ebenezer Scrooge (Albert Finney), a wealthy but notoriously stingy and misanthropic old man, haunted by the spirit of his late business partner, Jacob Marley (Alec Guinness). Marley, too, was a cold, heartless man and from the afterlife warns Scrooge to mend his ways before it's too late. Marley sends three more spirits to haunt Scrooge that evening: the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Edith Evans), Present (Kenneth More), and Christmas Yet to Come (choreographer Paddy Stone). Through them Scrooge sees visions of his own, wasted existence, which is contrasted with that of his long-suffering employee, Bob Cratchit (David Collings), an undyingly cheerful man beloved by his large family.






This film is wonderful. It recreates Dickensian London brilliantly and truly conveys the best of the Christmas season. The songs are perfect, fun, catchy with profound lyrics. Christmas would be much poorer without it. Scrooge the Musical is as essential a part of the festivities as Turkey and Christmas Pudding! Enjoy!


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