Two Cities, Two Films

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


According to the website of the British Film Institute, the 1958 British film of A Tale of Two Cities is ‘certainly a faithful adaptation, following in a simple, straightforward manner (thanks to screenwriter T. E. B. Clarke) the narrative line of the book’.1


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