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BBC TWO, Thursday August 23, 12.50pm
(1958) A wayward barrister redeems himself with a heroic act of self-sacrifice in Paris during the French Revolutionary Terror.
Betty E. Box
Full cast and credits on BFI Screenonline.
Directed by Ralph Thomas and produced by Betty Box, this adaptation of a classic tale set against the French Revolution seems to suffer by comparison with earlier Dickens adaptations by David Lean. However, this does not make A Tale of Two Cities a bad film. It is certainly a faithful adaptation, following in a simple, straightforward manner (thanks to screenwriter T.E.B. Clarke) the narrative line of the book.