The Ghost of Dickens' Past is a very heartwarming depiction of Dickens' inspiration and struggles in writing his beloved novel, A Christmas Carol. Altogether, the movie portrayed the time period accurately. This was done through the use of costumes, scenery, and language of the characters. The characters all wore 18th century style clothing, with the men wearing knickers and button-up shirts and the women wearing time-appropriate dresses. The language used in the movie was all Old English and the scenery accurately portrayed an old English town. Also, the movie incorporated many experiences of Dickens' life, including his parents being in debtors' prison, his speech to the laborers, his fear of being poor, his having to work as a child, and his visits to orphanages. The Ghost of Dickens' Past is, overall, entertaining for the genre of movie. It's entertainment value comes from the ability for the viewer to relate to the story of A Christmas Carol. For example, when the idea of the ghost character was realized, the viewer could relate that to the well known ghost that appears in A Christmas Carol.
There were many themes brought out in The Ghost of Dickens' Past. Charity was the biggest theme, with many other supporting themes. Through Dickens' reluctance to give money at an orphanage, it is implied that it does no good to give a gift grudgingly. Another important message that was conveyed was that doing things for the wrong reason can often impair us from accomplishing great achievements. This was shown through Dickens' inability to write a great novel because he was doing it for selfish reasons and for his own personal gain, and not for the greater good of mankind. These themes all connected to the greater theme of charity which culminated towards the end of the movie when Dickens overcomes his selfish motives and gives assistance to a poor, homeless family. After he had this life changing event, he was able to write the timeless classic favorite that has been enjoyed across the generations.
Actors: Christopher Heyerdahl, Jennifer Bertram, Tony Calabretta, Paul Fowles, Seann Gallagher
Directors: Bruce Neibaur
Writers: Patricia Lavoie
Producers: Josée Mauffette, Rick B. Larsen, Serge Denis
Rated: G (General Audience)
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Bonneville Ent.
VHS Release Date: July 29, 2003
Run Time: 90 minutes
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