Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Oliver Twist - R. Polanski (2005)
After witnessing his parents' being deported, Polanski, then a young boy, survived on his own for several years first in the Krakow ghetto and later in the Polish countryside.
Obviously, there is no way his childhood experiences can have failed to influence his perception of 'Oliver Twist' (the same is true of 'The Pianist', of course) though most likely the film is none the worse for it, perhaps even the contrary.
I have only recently started warming up to Dickens, whom I have long disliked and likened to a Victorian Spielberg (because of their undeniable know-how and a shared lack of refinement).
This recent thaw and my long-standing deference for Polanski made yesterday night quite pleasant.