The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas

L'homme Qui Inventa Noël

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen edition.
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The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of 'A Christmas Carol,' a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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LoganLib_Tahnee Sep 10, 2018

An amazing look behind the scenes of one of the most recognised Christmas stories of all time, A Christmas Carol. Be prepared for all emotions while watching this one.

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fvrlfellow
Jul 23, 2018

This is a great, fun movie to spend an evening being a couch potato. Dan Steven (of Downton Abbey) was great in this movie. Some parts were a little too unbelievable but this is not a documentary...just a fun movie about Charles Dickens. I am sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. It's one of those movies I won't mind watching again if I'm stuck on a long plane ride.

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Jul 07, 2018

Dan Stevens was excellent as Charles Dickens. I loved his energy; the movie showed how he was completely consumed by the creation of A Christmas Carol - taking bits and pieces of people in his own community to paste together the story of Scrooge. Christopher Plummer was also well cast as Scrooge; taunting; curmudgeonly; grumpy; penny pinching; cold and heartless; lonely; challenging Dickens' thinking at every turn. The movie focuses on the creation of the story rather than the story of Scrooge itself. Glimpses back into Dickens' childhood provide an understanding of the influences that drove Dickens; including his time in the workhouse; his relationship with his parents. A very good movie indeed.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

To LauraSteinert, the film seemed to stay true to historical facts on how the 1843 "A Christmas Carol" was conceived and written by Dickens who left school as a boy to work in a factory after his father was incarcerated for non-payment of debt. Always count myself lucky to be entertained and educated at the same time. Per wiki's pages on the novel and "Charles Dickens:"

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols, as well as new customs such as Christmas trees. He was influenced by experiences from his own past, ... and was inspired to write the story following a visit to the Field Lane Ragged school, one of several establishments for London's half-starved, illiterate street children. etc. etc.

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vickmeister
Jun 29, 2018

I love a well-crafted tale of how a famous work came to be created, and I found this movie delightful and entertaining. Once I got past the surprise of seeing "Cousin Matthew" from "Downton Abbey" embracing an entirely different role, I got totally caught up in the story, and enjoying how the bits and pieces of Dickens' life experiences and the people he knew were gradually woven into what became the classic tale of Christmas. An immersive depiction of life in London during the middle-Victorian era, showing both what the experience was like for the wealthier classes as well as a glimpse into the lives of those less fortunate. I loved it.

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jelisha
Jun 23, 2018

This was new at my library and I had to wait on hold for a LOT of people to watch it before I got to see it. I guess that built up my expectations. In the meantime, I read the book on which this movie is based (also from the library) and THAT really built up my expectations, because it was wonderful! So I was ultimately disappointed in the movie. It played like a mash-up of The Christmas Carol and Shakespeare in Love, with young Dickens taking inspiration from his surroundings to create the book in only six weeks. The movie minimizes his struggles to self-publish and plays up (made-up?) family conflicts to create drama. Why his long-suffering wife continues to stay with him while she and the children are (mostly) ignored is never explained in the movie. Perhaps he was distracted by the artistic process. The bonus material on the DVD was titled The Story Behind The Man Who Invented Christmas, but it very short and played like an extended trailer. My recommendation is to skip the movie and check out the book, which includes, as it's bonus material, the actual story of The Christmas Carol. To dive into Charles Dickens' rich and descriptive language after reading the back story was a real treat!

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poodlegirl
Jun 11, 2018

Sweet family film. It's pretty humorous to Google the real Dickens and see what HE looked like!

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LauraSteinert
Jun 07, 2018

Despite a significant amount of "emoting" on the actors' parts, this was really very good. I doubt there is much fact here, other than the book was quickly written and there were debts. Still, it is a lovely story with some well-known and respected actors. I was surprisingly pleased. I don't like any holiday, and I hate Christmas, but that didn't hamper my enjoyment of the film.

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LawyerLady
May 28, 2018

I thought this was a great story and insight into how Charles Dickens came up with one of his most famous tales. Although its not likely 100% historic fact, it was still a well done movie, and I'm glad I watched it... I highly recommend for the whole family!

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Crpalace68
May 15, 2018

A man who knows a lot about Charles Dickens and his work and I enjoyed this film; even out of season.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

Only a couple of lines quoted in IMDb so far. Here are more:

The best-selling bloody author in the history of English bloody literature. Three of his books you have published in the last year and a half. Three!
-So where's the money?
Mr. Forster, like you, we are as puzzled as the Egyptians in their fog.
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What did they say?
-"Dull, vapid, and vulgar. Not a single character capable of exciting the reader's sympathies." I certainly didn't think it was vulgar.
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I'm sick of London. It's overcrowded, overpriced... You love this town. No place for a man without money. Not to mention the bloody fog.
-But it's your inspiration, your what-do-you-call-it... your magic lamp.
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Christmas is, or ought to be, the one time of year when men and women open their shut-up hearts and think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave and not another race of creatures altogether

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

Well, you have to learn to say no.
-How can I say no if I can be useful, if I can lighten the burden of another?
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I'm just sick of writing tooth and nail for bread, that's all.
-Hmm.
Should've become a journalist.
- You hate the press.
Or a lawyer.
- "The law is an ass." I believe you wrote that.
A hairdresser, then, in the Burlington Arcade. Do you know what I should have liked to be? An explorer, paddling a canoe somewhere in the wilds of Canada in a pair of buckskin breeches, all on my own. No nappies to change.
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Only a story my gran used to tell us, sir, back home in Ireland. She used to say that on Christmas Eve the veils between this world and the next thin out, and that's when the spirits cross over and walk among us.
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What is it you particularly object to in my books?
-Pickpockets, streetwalkers, charity boys. Those people don't belong in books.
"Those people"? You mean, the poor?

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

Stand up tall. Blood of iron, heart of ice.
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I'm happy wherever the weather. But your mother is of a more delicate sensibility.
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Humbug!
- What is?
Christmas.
-What about it?
Well, what is it but an excuse for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December?
-Yes. Keep going.
A time for paying bills without money. A time for finding yourself a year older and not an hour richer. If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips should be boiled in his own plum pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart, he should.
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Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business. Charity... mercy... forbearance, and benevolence were all my business.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

You sound just like Father. How is the old reprobate?
- "This morning I had 25 shillings in my hand. And now, observe the vacancy."
He means no harm.
-It's not enough. He bobs around like a cork on the surface of life. Not a thought for the future.
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You hardly pay him at all.
- Fifteen shillings a week.
For a man with a family, not to mention a sick child?
-That's the market rate.
Do you really believe that every inch of existence is a bargain across the counter? Observe this family. They don't have much, but they're happy, grateful, contented with their lot. Whereas you are miserable and content with nothing.
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He has a heart, doesn't he?

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

Oh, don't be daft. Now, come on, your wife will be worried sick.
-Who? Kate? She doesn't understand me.
I've got news for you, Charles. None of us understand you. You're... You're a freak of nature.
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It's a Christmas book. Shouldn't it be hopeful? mean, isn't that what... what... what Christmas is all about? The hope that in the end, our better natures will prevail?
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What is so evil about him?
- Well, he's a miser.
Well, that doesn't make him evil. It just makes him cheap.
- He worships money. It's the only thing that matters to him.
Why?
-He has nothing else.
No friends? No family?
-No one he trusts.
Why?
-Because he's afraid.
Of?
-Being found out.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

I say a lot of things that are nonsense when I'm working.
- Charles...
You know how ideas take possession of me. You knew what I was like when you married me.
- Yes. I did. But you have no idea what it's like to live with you. Always walking on eggshells, trying to guess your mood, to know which of your commands are a whim and which are in earnest. You know, sometimes I... I feel your characters matter more to you than your own flesh and blood.
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If you never read the book or watched the films, then – spoiler alert:
Stave five.
"The End of It."
Yes. And the bedpost was his own, the bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the time before him was his own to make amends in. Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all and infinitely more. And to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. And so, as Tiny Tim observed, "God bless us, every one."
The end.

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jimg2000
Jul 02, 2018

What's your name, Constable?
-My name? Copperfield, sir.
Copperfield.
-Any chance of a new book soon?
New book. New book! Wait. New book. Merry Christmas!
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That is beautiful.
-Isn't it? The Germans call it a Tannenbaum. It's a tree for Christmas. A Christmas tree, I suppose. Now the royal family have got one, it'll be all the rage.
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I wish you all many, many happy Christmases and friendships, and great accumulation of cheerful recollections and heaven at last for all of us. In the season of hope, we will shut out nothing from our firesides and everyone will be welcome.
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"It was a blessed inspiration that put such a book into the head of Charles Dickens. A happy inspiration of the heart that warms every page. It is impossible to read without a glowing bosom and burning cheeks, between love and shame of our kind."

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Crpalace68
May 15, 2018

Crpalace68 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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