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-- British musical version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" concentrates on poor old misanthropic Scrooge (Albert Finney), a thoroughly craven humbug whose disagreeableness is never believable and hence all the more fun to watch. Directed by Ronald Neame, it is a light, intelligent, and very amusing effort which wisely concentrates on the plot, using song and dance sparingly but well. The acting by the ghosts (Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, and Kenneth More) is especially imaginative and the mood of the film is closely tied to Ronald Searle's delightful caricatures appearing with the credits. It's a movie for those who still have enough of the child within them to be able to relax and enjoy an old-fashioned bit of make-believe. (A-I) (G)
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.