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The Old Curiosity Shop - Preview

The Old Curiosity Shop

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, StudioCANAL are releasing two Dickens’ classics: The Old Curiosity Shop and The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Hay Petrie ingests the scenery as the demonic, hunchbacked Mr. Quilp in this 1935 British adaptation of Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop.

Quilp is the wicked landlord who dominates and later ruins the lives of shopkeeper Trent (Ben Webster) and his resourceful granddaughter Little Nell (Elaine Benson).

The death of the heroine, which created quite a brouhaha when the book was first published, is here handled with discretion and taste.

Scenarists Margaret Kennedy and Ralph Neale successfully tackle the challenge of whittling Dickens’ massive novel into a playable 90 minutes.

The Old Curiosity Shop would be remade three times, once as a musical with Anthony Newley as Quilp.

The Old Curiosity Shop is out to own on DVD on May 14, 2012.

Win The Old Curiosity Shop on DVD

To celebrate the release of Dickens’ classic The Old Curiosity Shop on DVD on May 14, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who plays Little Nell in The Old Curiosity Shop?

Simply send the answer to Old Curiosity Shop competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email