A Tale of Two Cities

TitleA Tale of Two Cities
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1935
AuthorsConway, Jack
Running Time2h 8min
Date Released12/27/1935
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

A Tale of Two Cities is a 1935 film based upon Charles Dickens' 1859 historical novel of the same title. The story is set in France and England and spans several years before and during the French Revolution (1789–1799). It deals with the evils that precipitated the Revolution and with an innocent family and their friends caught up in the horrors of the Terror, a period of massacres and numerous public executions. Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who has rejected his rank and moved to England, and Sidney Carton, a perpetually intoxicated English advocate, both fall in love at first sight of Lucie Manette. Lucie has brought her father to England to recover from years of unjust imprisonment in France. She marries Darnay and they befriend Carton. In the end, Carton saves Darnay's life by taking his place at the guillotine. The film is generally regarded as the best cinematic version of Dickens' novel.

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