Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

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Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 90 minutes

Premier: 1999-12-25

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David Copperfield is a 1935 American film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer based upon the Charles Dickens novel The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger. A number of characters and incidents from the novel were omitted – notably David's time at Salem House boarding school, although one character he met at Salem House (Steerforth) was retained for the film as a head boy at the school David attended after his aunt Betsey Trotwood gained custody of him. The story was adapted by Hugh Walpole from the Dickens novel, and the film was directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Howard Estabrook and Lenore J. Coffee, who was not credited.

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The film was well-received upon its release in January 1935. Andre Sennwald of The New York Times called it “the most profoundly satisfying screen manipulation of a great novel the camera has ever given us.” Variety wrote that it had “one of the most evenly good casts ever to have been assembled”, with staging and costumes that were “almost always excellent.” John Mosher of The New Yorker found the first half of the film “one of the superb things of the movies” and the second half more conventional, though “all of it is good.” Mosher also praised the casting and opined that Freddie Bartholemew put on “one of the prettiest performances ever given on the screen by a youngster.” David Copperfield topped the Film Daily year-end poll of 451 critics around the country as the best film of 1935. David Copperfield was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture (losing out to Mutiny on the Bounty), Best Film Editing (Robert J. Kern), and Best Assistant Director (Joseph M. Newman), and was nominated for the Mussolini Cup for Best Foreign Film at the Venice Film Festival (losing out to Anna Karenina).

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