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Favourite Christmas Carol Movie?

 
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I read A Christmas Carol by Dickens most years.  But I've never sat down and watched a movie version.

But the library lends movies for free.  Woot!  

And there seems to be a lot of choices.  

Any suggestions?  
 
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My favorite version is the original, black&white one.
 
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The 1999 version with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge is also excellent, and very true to the original story. We watch it most Christmases.
 
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The 1984 version with George C. Scott as Scrooge is excellent -- follows the book closely and emphasizes Scrooge's "lost soul" aspect, rather than simply tossing him out there as a bog-standard Mean Old Man.

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Excellent discussion!

The definitive version, for me, absolutely mandatory to get my head into the season, is Alastair Sim in glorious black and white. (To colourize this masterpiece is a blasphemous insult to the cinematography.)

I also read the original text, though. Film versions take liberties, translating for the medium, as they must. But the original text, a psychological study in the face of Victorian mores and surety, is nothing less than astounding.

 
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I love the story of A Christmas Carol! My favorite film version by far is The Muppet Christmas Carol. It has the characteristic silliness of the Muppets, but is very well done and honors the story well. The music is great and the costumes and sets are beautiful. Michael Caine is absolutely fantastic as Scrooge. I watch it every Christmas Eve and haven't gotten tired of it. This year, we watched the version with Patrick Stewart and thought it was great too. I was honestly surprised, as I figured he would outdo Michael Caine as Scrooge, being the brilliant actor that he is. But Michael Caine and The Muppet Christmas Carol remain my favorite.
Apparently, at one point, Patrick Stewart did a live version in which he performed over 40 characters. Wish I could've seen that!
 
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from a favorite Christmas movie, Meet Me in St. Louis:

 
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Well aside from The Muppets classic telling of the tale, my favorite is a re-imagining with Doctor Who! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1672218/
The 2010 Christmas special is essentially A Christmas Carol... with time travel. Fits nicely with the idea of the past, present, and future.
 
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For those who really love the tale, this is an amazing look into the story and history of the story. It's quite long, but fantastic. I feel like it made the story new to me. Unpacking A Christmas Carol
Also, a reading of the story by the same folks.

I must confess, this channel has been our therapy of late. So relaxing to listen to and learn. Some definite permie crossover at times, too.
 
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