Hard Times

Hard Times

DVD - 2005
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Local MP and schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Louisa and Tom, in the utilitarian fashion, stressing reason and fact and dismissing imagination and emotion. Under his influence, Louisa grows cold while Tom turns to a secret life of drinking and gambling. To be nearer her brother, Louisa accepts an offer of marriage from his boss, the self-mad, self-important banker Josiah Bounderby, though she does not love him. But soon finds herself succumbing to the attentions of the lothario James Harthouse. All the while, Mrs. Sparsit, a former aristocrat who now works for Bounderby, obsessively watches as the drama unfolds, longing for Louisa's downfall.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2005], ©2005
Edition: Full screen version
ISBN: 9781419814501
Branch Call Number: 7.9145 Ha
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 26, 2017

This was certainly not one of Dickens' most hopeful books, and the film does appropriate justice to the theme of the book. It is just not an uplifting story. But it is Dickens, and the period attire and melieu is excellent.

Apr 05, 2016

There seemed to be a great, rushed, disjointed effort to get the specific points of the book across on film. The sets seem more in line with a stage play and had that mid-30ish stark industrial quality, while none of the characters are particularly likeable. You get the overall feeling the production team was trying to save money. All in all, it makes you want to never read the book.


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