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The Personal History of David Copperfield

Dev Patel in the film THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD. Photo by Dean Rogers. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
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24th January 20

Director Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) brings his sardonic wit to Charles Dickens’ classic autobiographical novel. With its refreshing and incredibly progressive colour-blind casting and ceaseless visual surprises — walls literally fall away to make room for flashbacks — Iannucci and co-writer Blackwell transpose their source material into a decidedly 21st-century cinematic context. Yet the film never loses sight of its central ideas: that great art is born of great experience, and one’s true fortune can be measured in friends.

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