is one of Charles Dickens's greatest and least-read novels, and this massive, six-hour version by director-screenwriter Christine Edzard, essentially faithful to the work, is one of the finest of all Dickens screen adaptations. The film plays in two three-hour parts. Part I,
"Nobody's Fault" (Dickens' original title), is told from the point of view of Jacobi, a middle-aged bachelor returning home to London after 20 years in China. Jacobi becomes interested in the case of Guinness, a man who has been locked in a debtors' prison for the last 25 years, and in his
daughter, Pickering, a seamstress who works for Jacobi's forbidding mother. Impressed...