Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Not only ... but"

An acquaintance posted this the other day:
My favorite movie quote of all time comes from the 1951 film version of 'A Christmas Carol', featuring Alistair Sim as Scrooge. Not only does this film capture the spirit of Dickens' original book, but screenwriter Noel Langley has the Spirit of Christmas Present address these words to Scrooge:

'Mortal! We Spirits of Christmas do not live but one day of our year; we live the whole three-hundred-and-sixty-five. So is it true of the Child born in Bethlehem. He lives in men's hearts not one day of the year, but in all the days of the year.'
And that, of course, makes it less faithful to the book. Not only does Dickens never so directly refer to Jesus (the closest is Marley's self-castigating cry)
"At this time of the rolling year," the spectre said "I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!"
but the Ghost of Christmas Present says quite specifically that he has but one day:
It was strange, too, that while Scrooge remained unaltered in his outward form, the Ghost grew older, clearly older. Scrooge had observed this change, but never spoke of it, until they left a children’s Twelfth Night party, when, looking at the Spirit as they stood together in an open place, he noticed that its hair was grey.

“Are spirits’ lives so short?” asked Scrooge.

“My life upon this globe, is very brief,” replied the Ghost. “It ends to-night.”
That said, the Sim version is probably the most faithful, though it makes the usual hash of the "show me some tenderness connected with a death!" Oddly, the Jim Carrey version, which I saw for the first time last night, manages to get that right in the midst of the hot mess they make of the whole of Stave Four (here's the book if you haven't read it).

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At 11:11 AM, February 01, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Yoo-hoo, anybody home? I miss your posts. Any birds-in-snow, or entertainment?

At 11:20 AM, February 02, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, sorry, I've been distracted. But I'm going to (make every effort to) get back to blogging on a near-daily basis! I do have some photos I'll post later today.


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