Writer, travel reporter and journalist, Charles Dickens is one of the greatest novelists of all time, an artist able to describe the society of his time through books and stories of denunciation. His works, surrounded by a dramatic humoristic vein, gave way to the social novel, a literary genre born in the nineteenth century, which illustrates the poorest and most unfortunate classes, denouncing situations of prejudice and abuse.
his most famous novels remember The Adventures of Oliver Twist a work pervaded by desecrating black humor that minutely analyzes the illnesses of the then English society (poverty, exploitation of minors), and the story Christmas an immortal classic that has given rise to numerous transpositions on the small and the big screen.
Taking the opportunity of the release in the halls of Dickens – The man who invented Christmas we analyze five of his works that have been adapted to the general public, becoming a film.

Life is wonderful

Although it has not directly taken inspiration from the famous story Christmas Song Life is wonderful approaching the classic Dickens literary for the structure of the story and the themes represented. On Christmas Eve, George Bailey ( James Stewart ) is a man at a crossroads of his life: disappointed by the society to which he devoted much of his life, he meditates suicide. In his help, an angel will arrive, Clarence ( Henry Travers ), who will show him how the world would have been if he had never been born. In place of the three spirits of the three Christmases, Frank Capra chooses an angelic and good-natured figure to guide the desperate protagonist. In both cases there are social issues of the time, between the economic crisis and the meaning of life, but life is wonderful adds that dose of sentimentality and optimism that is missing from the story of Dickens, more realistic and credible.

of Mickey Mouse Christmas

The Disney version of the Christmas Song unites the Mickey and Donkey universe, remaining in part faithful to the plot of the homonymous work by Charles Dickens. The part of the miser and selfish Scrooge is entrusted to Scrooge, Mickey Mouse is instead Bob Cratchit, the underpaid employee. In the other roles we find several characters from the universe of Walt Disney which contribute to give more meaning to the short film by involving everyone. Mickey's Christmas song manages to make the perfect synthesis of Dickens classic, creating a delightful adaptation that entertains, moves and satisfies adults and children.

Paradise Lost

Alfonso Cuaron re-elect in a modern key Grandi Speranze in a film whose Italian translation of the title loses its meaning. Dickens' work is part of the genre of the training novel, where the story follows the life of the protagonist, from his childhood to full maturation, leading him to make important choices for his life. Paradiso Perduto faithfully retains the characteristic features of Great Expectations: the names of the characters and the events that involve them are similar, to Gwyneth Paltrow plays the role of the ambiguous orphan Estella, trained from Miss Havisham to seduce and deceive men; also Finn ( Ethan Hawke ), Pip in the literary version, will fall into the subtle spider web

Nicholas Nickleby

A very young Charlie Hunnam is Nicholas Nickleby, the protagonist of the homonymous fiction novel. As with Oliver Twist, the tone of the story is critical of the social injustices of the time and is directed against the rich society full of prejudices. Nicholas, born and raised in a wealthy environment, after the death of his father finds himself having to bear all family expenses, which risks the economic collapse. As a sort of hero, Nicholas will rediscover his origins by confronting an unselfish uncle who remembers the old Scrooge di Canto di Natale very closely. The film is pleasant and fluent on various aspects and remains faithful to the tradition of Dickensian literature.

Oliver Twist

A desolate, poor and criminal England is well represented in Oliver Twist of Roman Polanski a film adaptation of Dickens's novel. Oliver Twist is 9 years old and has always lived in a workhouse, the so-called hospice for the poor. Raised, he goes from one job to another, until he becomes a member of a gang of thieves who obey the perfidious Fagin (an impeccable Ben Kingsley ). Finding the road to safety will not be easy. Narrated with a black humor and tinged with drama, Oliver Twist is faithful to the Dickensian novel and denounces the hypocrisy on the law of workhouses, in force in 1834.