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FilmTalk: Reviewing Fagin, 1948-2005

Dr Drazin explores the challenges of playing Fagin in film adaptations.

David Lean’s 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist provoked so many protests of antisemitism against Alec Guinness’s portrayal of Fagin that the film was withheld from release in America until cuts had been made. Yet twenty years later, in Carol Reed’s musical version of the film, the character had been sufficiently rehabilitated to win Ron Moody an Oscar nomination. This talk will explore the challenges of playing Fagin from the Lean film of 1948 to Roman Polanski's 2005 adaptation.

Dr Charles Drazin is a senior lecturer at Queen Mary, University London. His books on the cinema include The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s, Korda: Britain’s Movie Mogul and In Search of the Third Man.

This lecture is a part of our FilmTalk series in partnership with the Leo Baeck Institute London


Mr Charles Drazin | talks


Date and Time:

4 April 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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