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Library to screen holiday classic

“A Christmas Carol” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.

This is the final movie of the 2018 First Thursday Film Series.

Dr. Jack Rhodes, who will introduce the movie, said that this film was selected for showing in 2018 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Dickens’s classic story, during the holiday season of 1843.

There are several film versions of “A Christmas Carol,” but most critics agree, according to Rhodes, that this 1951 movie is the best of the celluloid tales.

Alastair Sim’s performance as Scrooge is universally admired, Rhodes said, as are the imaginative (and actually rather scary) depictions of Marley’s Ghost and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Also in the capable British cast are Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Ernest Thesiger, Hermione Baddeley, and Rona Anderson. The picture was made at the Nettlefold Studios in London and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst.

Rhodes added that “this excellent version of the famous Christmas fable actually makes Ebenezer Scrooge into a well-rounded and interesting character by focusing on the disappointments of his early life. It is well worth seeing.”

Admission is free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be served. For further information, call the library at 715-258-4414.

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