Cinema: Import, may 14, 1951

Oliver Twist (J. Arthur Rank; United Artists), delayed for two years in its U.S. showing because of pressure-group charges that it fosters antiSemitism, can be seen at last by U.S. moviegoers for what it is: a brilliant, fascinating movie, no less a classic than the Charles Dickens novel which it brings to life. Indeed, in mirroring Dickens and his illustrator, Cruikshank, the picture is faithful to a fault—hence the ruckus. Its faithfully repulsive portrait of Fagin offended some Jewish groups, who protested that the film would drum up anti-Semitism and succeeded in blocking...

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