Whenever a real literary tale like Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist is made into a film, the intellectuals come popping up all over the place musing the finer points of the story. Here's a round-up of some of the brainier discussions of Roman Polanski's take on Oliver Twist. If nothing else, just think how you'll impress your office mates over lunch by tossing some of these deep thoughts out there.
- Our own Ryan Stewart gives a thoughtful analysis of what Oliver Twist says about society, and ponders why director Roman Polanski didn't explore that theme in more depth.
- Over on The Independent, Paul Vallely muses on whether casting a Jewish actor as Fagin will be enough to quiet talk about the anti-Semitism in Oliver Twist.
- The New Republic's Stanley Kauffmann explores the devolution of Dickens.
- Roger Ebert gives us a deep, delicious analysis that compares Roman Polanski to Dickens.
- Beliefnet.com's Saul Austerlitz shares his thoughts on how Polanksi's explicitly non-Jewish Fagin still manages to convey anti-Semitism.