The Old Curiosity Shop (1934)

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A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee.


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7 April 2016 | howardmorley
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| I thought Chopin would creep in somewhere onto the soundtrack
This was my first viewing of this Dickens classic.It was made into a rather long 2 hour (counting commercials) film in 1934 which I saw today on "London Live" which is a U.K. t.v. channel which transmits classic films daily (Mon-Fri) from 2pm GMT.Bearing in mind talkies had only been created in the cinema since 1927, sound and "talkies" were still very in their infancy.Melodramatic stage acting was still much in force then so one must make allowances, especially in the manner of the grandfather's and Quilp's acting style.

Being a fan of classical music I determined to ascertain the music the producers dubbed onto the soundtrack when little Nell is lying dead in the church ante room, as I considered Chopin's musical melancholic style rather suited this scene.After looking through my piano stool where I keep my sheet music, I retrieved his "Prelude op.28 no.20 in C minor" which is full of minor chords.

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