A sinister character boards the Rome Express on the trail of a valuable Van Dyke painting, recently stolen from a Paris gallery. Much to his annoyance he finds the train populated with a ... See full summary »
When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.
Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Connecticut. While he is finding a theme for ... See full summary »
An elderly shop-keeper and his grand-daughter are threatened by the rich, mean-spirited dwarf Quilp, and decide to flee across England to escape him. They are pursued both by Quilp and by the shop-keeper's long-lost brother, who wants to find them for a different reason.Written by
I thought Chopin would creep in somewhere onto the soundtrack
This was my first viewing of this Dickens classic.It was made into a rather long 2 hour (counting commercials) film in 1934 which I saw today on "London Live" which is a U.K. t.v. channel which transmits classic films daily (Mon-Fri) from 2pm GMT.Bearing in mind talkies had only been created in the cinema since 1927, sound and "talkies" were still very in their infancy.Melodramatic stage acting was still much in force then so one must make allowances, especially in the manner of the grandfather's and Quilp's acting style.
Being a fan of classical music I determined to ascertain the music the producers dubbed onto the soundtrack when little Nell is lying dead in the church ante room, as I considered Chopin's musical melancholic style rather suited this scene.After looking through my piano stool where I keep my sheet music, I retrieved his "Prelude op.28 no.20 in C minor" which is full of minor chords.
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