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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)


Written by Tim Dirks

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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

In director Jack Conway's interpretation of the classic Charles Dickens story of the French Revolution:

  • the epic scene of the storming of the Bastille
  • the unforgettable image of the evil Mme. Defarge (Blanche Yurka) who cackled and knitted as victims were condemned
  • the final scene of Sydney Carton's (Ronald Colman) self-sacrifice to the guillotine in order to save another life, holding hands with another victim, a seamstress (Isabel Jewell) as they ascended the scaffold
  • Carton's noble delivery of his last words: ("It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known...")


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