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From the Vivid Pages of Charles Dickens' Masterpiece !
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
I’m trying to rationalize Great Expectations in my childhood timeline. It was grade 7, so I think I would have been about twelve years old. We had to read it that year, and I hated it. I It was old, it was boring. As a ‘treat’ the old 16mm projector was wheeled in and a film version of this novel I despised was shown one afternoon. I hated it too. It was old, it was musty, it was full of cobwebs and funny accents and everything else that didn’t interest a twelve year old space nut. I had seen 2001:A Space Odyssey four years before, and that was my tiny minds idea of thought provoking cinema, not some silly story…
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” Love her! If she favors you, love her, if she tears your heart to pieces, love her!”
Adapting from a classic and well-known novel is a difficult task but when you have a true master like David Lean on board there’s no need to worry. He takes the powerful novel of Charles Dickens and gives us a genuine and decent adaptation, one that is loyal, detailed and precise – perhaps even a little bit too loyal, detailed and precise, it has captured the tone of the book with great success and it’s exactly the kind of adaptation that will tempt you to go and open the novel and read it once again.
Ok I admit....the only Charles Dickens book that I have somewhat read is A Tale of Two Cities. I have heard about Great Expectations...but had not read nor had I seen any of the many film versions. So I went to this movie a Great Expectations virgin. This one is part romance....part suspense....and part mystery. Movie follows an orphan named Pip and follows his story from age 13 to 25. John Mills plays the older Pip....Sir Alec Guinness plays his best friend (this was Guinness' first speaking part in a movie)....Jean Simmons plays the love interest.
The performances are solid across the board....but I actually give the child performers higher marks than the adult performers. This one is directed by…
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I read the novel by Charles Dickens in high school, and I know I saw the story screened at least once on television in my teens, although there were a number of productions made between 1953 and 1971, so it could have been any of them ... perhaps the 10-part BBC series that was broadcast in 1967. I do know I saw Alfonso Cuarón's 1998 modern version with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, which I didn't care for all that much. I like my Dickens more classic, I suppose.
Well, it doesn't get much more classic than director David Lean's 1946 adaptation, It stars John Mills as the main character Pip, Valerie Hobson…
Embarrassingly my first David Lean film that i've watched intentionally all the way through (I've sat through bits of most of his epics while younger) and part of my girlfriend and I's little Dickens season.
The first half hour or so features some stunning film making, incredibly atmospheric with a great use of locations and sets and making the most of the superb and lasting characters the story provides. The scenes with Magwitch on the marshes and the first visit to Haversham's house particular Estella's treatment of Pip are so very direct and somehow manage to capture the idea of a child being subjected to terrifying half understood events and personalities very well.
It tails off a little when Pip…
I'll admit that I am not the biggest fan of large-scale epics that span decades or generations. I particularly dislike the big scores that accompany them. There are exceptions, of course, but I always have to overcome an initial ick factor.
David Lean is one of if not the master of such films, and for the most part I've enjoyed his sweeping dramas once I get over my initial reactions. I thought his entire body of work consisted of epics, so it was refreshing to go through his earlier catalogue from the David Lean Directs Noel Coward collection and see some of his simpler films.
Great Expectations was his first attempt at playing with the epic style. He unabashedly lets…
My first David Lean. Very entertaining and excellent all around. I think it also has one of the very first jump scares in cinema, so there's that too. Did anyone else find it hilarious when Pip grows up to be an 18 year old young man played by a 40 year old?
An excellent post war adaptation of the Dickens classic directed by Lean. Too bad the fricken DVD skipped. #
This is, and always should be, heralded as one of the best examples of how to properly do a literary adaptation.
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. - IMDb
I'm not entirely sure where to go with Great Expectations? I wasn't actually expecting too much out of it, and it was a little long for what it gave me.
”Pip! A young gentleman of great expectations.”
David Lean’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s hopeful tragic novel is regarded as being the quintessential film version of Dicken’s text, a statement that I do subscribe to; however one cannot help but to see some notable faults in Lean’s picture. The English filmmaker gets right what’s most important and that is sentiment and character and plot progression, withal there are a couple of glaring issues that are impossible to overlook. One of my initial problems was with the acting, not that the performances displayed on screen were bad, but that there seemed to be screen and stage actors involved in the picture. Which made the more loud theatrical enactments feel rather off place…
Tony Wager brings such a sweet innocence and a sense of wonder to the film, that you can't help but being drawn in immediately. His performance made me feel profoundly old, which luckily didn't last all too long as they then tried selling me John Mills, a man in his late 30s as a young man in his teens. That's not to say, he wasn't great because he was. He has that same innocence and general sweetness in him.
I've only read half of the novel, but even so, it seems as if David Lean literally took the images it created out of my mind and committed them to screen. That's not to say that I'm some visionary thinker, but rather that Lean has managed to create an adaptation that is true to the novel without having to deviate in the slightest. That is quite a feat. It's no wonder this film has often been referred to as the greatest Dickens adaptation. It's style is dark and expressionistic, and setting is somewhat reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard, which came a few years later. I found myself invested in the story the whole way through. Overall a fantastic film.
Watch the first sequence: a boy is running, the Kent landscape is flat behind him, the sky fills the image, it is nearing dusk and the child is a dark silhouette against the light sky; he is in a graveyard, at a grave, he hears something behind him, he turns and with a reverse cut we are shown his point of view, a tree being buffeted by the wind – these are striking images and they place the boy, Pip, into a certain relationship with his natural surroundings: he is small against the expanse of sky, he is seemingly threatened by the wind, etc. We might expect this relationship to be clarified as it is further explored throughout the film,…
One of the great book-to-film adaptations, and up there as one of my all-time favourites.
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