Seen at the Movies: William Thackeray’s 900-page novel Vanity Fair may just be unfilmable, but I remember with affection a 1970s Masterpiece Theatre adaptation starring Susan Hampshire as a hard-eyed Becky Sharp, clawing her way up the early 19th-century British social ladder with single-minded self-interest. Rouben Mamoulian’s 1935 version, Becky Sharp, the first feature film in three-strip Technicolor, isn’t much of a movie, but the director’s command of crowd choreography and color, ...
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