George C. Scott in A CHRISTMAS CAROL

George C. Scott as Scrooge was inspired casting. He was a formidable presence. The mean Scrooge was really mean. Scott doesn’t make him a caricature. The adaptation gives you a great sense of the work that had to be done to redeem Scrooge. When he sees Bob Cratchit he comments that “he does quite well for 15…

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A MUSICAL

As well you know by now, I like the story of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. I like its dark social commentaries. I like the different versions, and their take on Scrooge’s transformation. I also like musicals. A great deal. So theoretically, this 2004 musical version should work. But it doesn’t, at least for me. The sentimentality…

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 1923

When I was a little girl silent movies freaked me out. The makeup, the jerkiness of the filming (which is corrected if they are screened at the right speed), the overacting, etc. In 1980 something I watched a series on PBS narrated by James Mason about silent movies. It helped me appreciate the form more….

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 1997

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1997) is an animated tale. I love this cast. Tim Curry as Scrooge, Michael York as Cratchit, Whoopi Goldberg as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ed Asner as Marley.  Sort of inspired casting. But this version doesn’t work for me. Maybe it is because it is geared for children, and (in my…

A CHRISTMAS CAROL solo performance

I was fortunate enough to see a one man CHRISTMAS CAROL that blew my mind. It starred Patrick Stewart. He wore a green modern dress suit and played all of the parts himself. He used a few pieces of furniture as props, and that was it. The rest was all him. Now Dickens himself did…