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Publication 1227 By Nibs on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 11:43   
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Okay folks, we all know David Copperfield has been remade a number of times for TV and the movies, and I want to know which adaptation you like best. I've seen the 1935, 1970, 1999, and 2000 versions. Out of all of them I think that the 1999 BBC was technically more accurate, but I didn't really like it. The characters (Uriah, Micawber, and David in particular) were wrong, and it was dull. The 1970 though was by far the worst, all miscasted and completely missing the point of the story.

I think my favorites are the 1935 and 2000 versions. Both of them take a rather simplistic look at the story - but of course you can't be super-involved in a 2 hr. film. I think that the 1935 film had probably the best casting (minus David and Steerforth), and Hallmark had a really strong David, Agnes, and Uriah, plus it captured a lot of the excited feel of the book.

Anyway, which is your favorite version of the story?

Publication 1237 By Nibs on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 11:12   
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Oooh, update! I just saw the 1974 BBC version and out of the 5 adaptations I've seen I think it is probably the best. Martin Jarvis is the SUPREME Uriah Heep, great adult David (although young David was horrible), terrific Steerforth, and really true to the book. I highly recommend it! Now if only I could somehow see the 1986 BBC version I'd be in heaven.

I also watched the new Italian version (dedication makes you do these things), and despite my not understanding a word of it, it is clear they changed A LOT of things from the book. Some of their changes were good, but others...not so much. For instance, David meets Tommy at the bottling factory instead of Salem House; Dora dies almost immediately, outliving her father; Emily visits Mrs. Steerforth instead of Dan Peggotty and David confronts Steerforth; Agnes is the one who hits Uriah Heep and she follows David constantly.

Publication 1240 By Nibs on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 19:18   
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Hey people, now how can there be 102 hits but no responses? I want to know which ones you like! <3

Publication 1287 By Sassy on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 15:17   
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Personally, I very much liked the BBC version with Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen and Daniel Radcliffe, etc ...

Strangely enough, this is what has gotten me into liking (and understanding) the story even better (yes because I'm French, and Dickens is no easy writer!). Everything seemed perfect in it - the actors were all good (except for the adult David), the soundtrack was fantastic, and the lines were very accurate.

I have it in my DVD collection and I cherish it very much - a true success!

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