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Review And Analysis Of George C. Scott's Christmas Carol (1984)

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George C. Scott's Christmas Carol (1984) is a renowned and notable rendition of Charles Dickens's timeless classic, Christmas Carol. It tells a tale of a miserable and lonely man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge. One Christmas night, cold-hearted Scrooge, who lacked the spirit of Christmas, is visited by three ghosts - the Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, respectively. The ghost of Christmas Past reminded Scrooge of his solitary childhood life with a neglectful father, played by Nigel Davenport, and his childhood love, Belle, played by Lucy Gitteridge. The ghost of Christmas Present, revealed to him the present lives of the unfortunate, and the current lives of Bob Cratchit, played by David Warner, and Fred Holywell, played by Roger Rees. Finally the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come predicted Scrooge inevitable death, if he did not mend his ways. In this horrid future, nobody was sympathetic to Scrooge's death. Together, the ghosts championed the spirit of Christmas and unraveled to him the errors of his ways and the joys of life, Christmas, and happiness.Instead of portraying Scrooge as a typical old man with a mean streak, George C. Scott plays an incredible Ebenezer Scrooge in this movie. He portrays the old man as emotionless and worn down from a lifetime of being ignored and left behind. Due to his believable and lifelike performance of Scrooge, the viewer sees a complex human being and he/she understands how and why Scrooge is the way he is. The viewer actually experiences a rollercoaster ride of emotions. At times, he/she hates Scrooge for his horrible treatment of the poor, his co-worker, and his family. The scene where Scrooge sees Tiny Tim waiting for his father, Bob Cratchit, proves this point. The facial expression and his insult to Tim strike a feeling of dislike and hatred in any cold heart. Other times, the viewer sympathizes and pities Scrooge. A perfect example of this would be when Scrooge begs to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for his life. The emotions and the tears he displays while asserting the goals of his new "life" makes the viewer want to go on his/her knees and actually beg with him. While on the edge of tears, the rollercoaster takes a sudden turn and Scott manages to change the viewer's emotions from grief to complete utter happiness. The tears of sorrow, grief and sadness complete change to tears of joy and delight. Scott is an omnipotent and talent actor with the ability to change the atmosphere and mood of the scene at an instant. He's truly the conductor of this emotional rollercoaster. Scott, however, tragically died on September 22, 1999 at the age of 72.Another actor worth noting is Edward Woodward, who played the Ghost of Christmas Present. He appears with a jovial smile to Scrooge at two in the morning. Viewers are led to...

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