Cinema: Curiosity Slop



Screenplay by LOUIS and IRENE KAMP

In the demise of Little Nell, The Old Curiosity Shop contains perhaps the most famous deathbed scene in English literature. A sentimental extravaganza, it has aroused critical scorn and the common reader's lachrymose appreciation for well over a century. The dishonesty and ineptitude of this wretched musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel can be measured by the fact that most of the children at a recent screening did not realize Nell had died. So hastily did writer, director and actor rush past this inconvenience that the kids believed she was literally...

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