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Gresham College: Christmas Lectures: Film Adaptations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


About this series

This three-part celebration of Christmas starts with the man many think is the author of the modern celebration, Charles Dickens, looks at how Santa Claus has become big business in Finland through the power of marketing, and culminates in a musical celebration of the year the Christmas Carol went viral: 1928.

About this lecture

A Christmas Carol (1843) is the most filmed and televised of Dickens’ works. Many will warmly remember the 1951 Alastair Sim version, but how many are aware of A Carol for Another Christmas (1964), a propaganda film produced in support of the UN, or The Passions of Carol (1975), which attempted to highlight the evil of the pornography industry?

How do the different versions reflect the politics and culture of their own particular times? What makes a good Carol movie? Is it truth to the original or is it something else?

About Dr Christine Corton

Dr Christine Corton is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. She has worked for many years in publishing houses including Hamish Hamilton and Penguin, and was Production Director at Boxtree Books.

Dr Corton is also Chair of the Lunchtime Seminar Series at Wolfson College and also sits on the Committee of the Humanities Society.

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