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David Copperfield (a BBC production of Masterpiece Theater 1999)

 When I had seen this dvd and saw that Daniel Radcliff played the young David Copperfield and that Maggie Smith was in it playing the Aunt Betsy Trotwood and even Ian McKellan has a small part I knew I had to have it, and so I bought it.

                

As I watched it the other day I realized that I had seen it on television long ago! (later I discovered that I had only seen the first half ) 

But it didn’t matter because I totally enjoyed the dvd, which was 3 hrs long!

Daniel was wonderful as the young David Copperfield and Maggie Smith cracked me up as Aunt Betsy.  Peggotty and Mr. Dicks were grand characters and now I find I am looking forward to actually reading the book!

It’s not that I haven’t seen David Copperfield before, or didn’t basically know the story, but I did enjoy the BBC production to the fullest.

It was 1935 when The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger was released. Freddie Bartholomew played the young David, Edna Mae Oliver was Aunt Betsy. Lionel Barrymore , Elsa Lanchester, and Basil Rathbone, as well as W C Fields, were also in that version.  So, old or newer you get great actors in both versions!

          

Anyway, it sure looks like it was destiny for Daniel to work with Maggie Smith!  This was made two years before Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.  Little did Maggie know when she made David Copperfield, that she would wind up having the opportunity to watch Daniel grow up by being in movies with him for so many years!

It was a good day to watch the dvd as it was cold and snowing outside. (it didn’t snow much but it was constant for the entire afternoon.)

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