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A Tale of Two Cities (1911)

A condensed silent film version of the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution and its subsequent Reign of Terror.

Director:

William Humphrey

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Eugene Mullin (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maurice Costello ... Sydney Carton
Florence Turner ... Lucie Manette
Charles Kent ... Dr. Manette
Leo Delaney ... Darnay
William Shea ... Jarvis Lorry
William Humphrey ... The Duke D'Evremon
Tefft Johnson ... Defarge
Edith Halleran Edith Halleran ... Madame Defarge (as Edith Halloran)
Norma Talmadge ... Mimi - Woman on the Way to Guillotine
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Storyline

Barrister Sydney Caron falls in love with lovely Lucie Manette, daughter of a victim of the oppressive French aristocracy. After he successfully defends falsely accused Charles Darney, Carton's love for Lucie remains unrequited as she marries Darnay. When Darnay is ultimately condemned to death by a revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror, his only hope for rescue lies with Carton. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Short | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1911 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bastillens Offer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Film debut of James Morrison. See more »

Connections

Version of A Tale of Two Cities (1935) See more »

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24 February 2003 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

While it is impossible to do justice to Dickens' sprawling novel in 20 minutes, Vitagraph makes a stab at it with this series of scenes in little more than tableaux format. Good costumes, good backgrounds and excellent actors do their best, but stick with the 1935 version directed by Jack Conway.

While this would seem to be, from the cast list, an all-star version -- including a very young Mabel Normand -- you should realize Vitagraph worked its actors hard -- starring in one picture, helping to fill out a crowd scene in the next. Still, you might want to play "spot the star" with this one.


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