GenreDrama, History, Romance ScreenplayT. E. B. Clarke CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date1958 Based onA Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens WriterCharles Dickens (by), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay) CastDirk Bogarde (Sydney Carton), Dorothy Tutin (Lucie Manette), Paul Guers (Charles Darnay), Marie Versini (Marie Gabelle), Ian Bannen (Gabelle), Cecil Parker (Jarvis Lorry) Similar moviesLes Misérables, Les Misérables, Gone Girl, Les Misérables, Les Misérables, Les Misérables
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A Tale of Two Cities is a 1958 British period drama based on parts of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities, directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Dirk Bogarde and Dorothy Tutin.
Sydney Carton, a drunken English lawyer, discovers that Charles Darnay, a man he once defended, is a French aristocrat trying to escape the French Revolution. While he envies the man over the love of a woman, Lucie Manette, his conscience is pricked and he resolves to help him escape the guillotine.
Dirk Bogarde as Sydney Carton
Dorothy Tutin as Lucie Manette
Paul Guers as Charles Darnay (Voice dubbed by Tim Turner - uncredited)
Marie Versini as Marie Gabelle
Ian Bannen as Gabelle
Cecil Parker as Jarvis Lorry
Stephen Murray as Dr. Manette
Athene Seyler as Miss Pross
Alfie Bass as Jerry Cruncher
Ernest Clark as Stryver
Rosalie Crutchley as Madame Defarge
Freda Jackson as The Vengeance
Duncan Lamont as Ernest Defarge
Christopher Lee as Marquis St. Evremonde
Leo McKern as Attorney General-Old Bailey
Donald Pleasence as John Barsad
Ralph Thomas insisted on the film being shot in black and white as he felt the book "was written in black and white, and it's got to be made in black and white." He was influenced by a French film Casque d'Or set in a similar period which was in black and white.
Thomas later said this was a mistake and the commercial after life of the film would have been stronger if it had been in colour. He said the film "was very self indulgent because I wouldn't listen to advice. It's dangerous to have fashion and power and I was fashionable then."
The film was the most expensive British production of its year.
The film was shot in the Loire Valley in France, because it was the only place without telegraph poles. Several thousand American soldiers posted nearby in Orléans were used as extras. Shooting took six weeks. "The only way we were able to finish a film this ambitious on such a modest budget was by using a regular crew, so there were no fights, we just tackled it and went on until the finish," said Thomas.