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A Tale of Two Cities (1917)

Alcoholic lawyer Sydney Carton travels to Paris during the Reign of Terror to rescue French aristocrat Charles Darnay, husband of the woman he loves.

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Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), Frank Lloyd (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
William Farnum ... Charles Darnay / Sydney Carton
Jewel Carmen ... Lucie Manette
Charles Clary ... Marquis St.Evenmonde
Herschel Mayall ... Jacques Defarge
Rosita Marstini ... Madame Therese Defarge
Josef Swickard ... Dr. Alexandre Manette
Ralph Lewis ... Roger Cly
William Clifford ... Gabelle
Marc B. Robbins Marc B. Robbins ... Jarvis Lorry (as Marc Robbins)
Olive White Olive White ... Miss Pross
Willard Louis ... Mr. CJ Stryver
Harry De Vere Harry De Vere ... Gaspard
Florence Vidor ... Mimi
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James Morrison ... Undetermined Role
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Storyline

Charles Darnay is the nephew of the Marquis St. Evremonde in pre-Revolutionary France, but disagrees with the French feudal system and emigrates to England, where he is falsely accuses him of being a spy. He is found innocent through the skill of Sydney Carton, an alcoholic English barrister. Darnay is supported by beautiful Lucy Manette, whom he met on the trip across the Channel, and her father, Doctor Manette, a victim of the aristocracy unjustly imprisoned for many years in the Bastille. Carton falls in love with Lucy, but she loves Darnay and subsequently marries him. Carton's love remains unrequited, but it propels him to sobriety. After Darnay is tricked into returning to France during the Reign of Terror and subsequently sentenced to death by a revolutionary tribunal, it falls to Carton to save his romantic rival's life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 March 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia en dos ciudades See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was long considered a lost film until a copy was discovered in Warsaw, Poland. See more »

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Sparknotes version of Dickens
9 November 2017 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

This 1917 adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities is nothing spectacular; however, William Farnum is absolutely great as Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay, stealing every scene he's in with great panache. One wishes the other actors had as much to do.

The big problem is that the filmmakers assume the audience has read the book and therefore they assume they only need to hit the major beats of the story without doing much to establish character. What results is a rather unimpressive narrative experience, though as I said, Farnum keeps things lively, as do a few moments of truly striking composition and lighting. Otherwise, only silent film nerds and fans of the novel (both of which I'm lucky to be in this instance) will get much out of this movie.


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