What are the major differences between Dickens' Oliver Twist and Polanski's movie adaptation?
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The major difference is that the film leaves out everything in the novel that refers to Oliver's past history.
A second difference is that the film avoids the novel's episodic structure with multiple cliffhangers ( a by-product of its serialised publication) in favour of a more direct, linear progression.
There is useful material on the website of the British Film Institute, below.
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