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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…
Film #10 of Gustav's Recommendations
” 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.
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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…
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Review In A Nutshell:
If one asks me how much of classic literature have I read, or even contemporary, I would embarrassingly shrug and speak out a relatively low number. I have nothing against people who read literature or show ignorance on the values of written stories; but it just does not speak out to me as much as film or music does; which is one of the core reasons why I rarely read novels anymore as I want to come into these films surprised and take it in on its own, not letting it be constantly judged on its faithfulness to its source material. David Lean's Great Expectations is one of those…
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…
I absolutely love Charles Dickens' novels. They provide a wonderful insight into an interesting era in Britain, served to us in rich language so well written you can almost chew it.
While not my favourite novel, Great Expectations is one of his most popular classics. David Lean's treatment of it, however, is my favourite adaptation of it by far, altered Hollywood ending and all.
Great Expectations is a story about social class, moral struggle, loyalty and finding a sense of self in a society where climbing the social ladder is more important than doing what's right. All this is told to us through a host of beautifully conceived characters, filled to the brim with rich detail and eccentricities, written like…
John Mills was obviously not 20 yrs old when he made this film. A quick trip to Wikipedia shows he was 38. More interesting, though, is that he is the father of Hayley Mills (Pollyanna), who is the mother of the frontman of the band Kula Shaker (www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDHd-vxcMDo) and also director of the Simon Pegg film A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Woah.
Exquisite and unexpectedly hilarious. It's such a joy to watch a classic film with an audience that's game (just as it was with "Magnificent Obsession" at the Guy Maddin Master Class earlier this summer).
Location: Lightbox, Gothic Master Class with Guillermo del Toro (who's brilliant and delightful)
Company: Yuki, Maxim, Keegan
Jean Simmons is so gorgeous that it's stupid.
Couldn't unpack this at all. Didn't help that I didn't like the adult Pip and Estella near as much as the kids. I could have watched Tony Wager and Jean Simmons for 2 more hours.
This film neither gave me them or lived up to them
I like Great Expectations but I've yet to see an adaptation that's more than alright.
This adaption by David Lean is too driven by plot-twists to the detriment of exploring the relationships at its core. The film's slow, methodical first act, in which we are introduced to young Pip, feels incongruent with his adult life afterwards, which is a shame since his childhood was definitely the film's best part. Later scenes, like the big reveal of his benefactor, feel like plot twists and nothing more. The film's tendency to express itself through the words in its script than through its imagery further undermines any notion of subtlety. I suppose this is why I liked the first act so much, because it features the most striking cinematography and set-pieces. 'Great Expectations' is ostensibly an epic -- it takes place over years and over many places -- but the emotional heart of it feels less deserving of that title.
An orphaned boy named Pip is sent to live with Miss Havisham who is an old woman living in isolation after a failed Wedding. The house is very creepy and in it Pip meets Estella (Jean Simmons) who he thinks is beautiful but is very mean. Estella was adopted by Miss Havisham who is still in her wedding dress in a house that has not been tided, her delusion causes Estella to believe all men are bad and need to be punished. At the start of the film before Pip was in the mansion and was living with his sister and her husband he meets an escaped convict who he will see again when he's older. When he grows up he's played greatly by John Mills, really everyone is played greatly. The film is atmospheric, creepy, complex with characters and storytelling, it has so much going on and as it ended I'd seen a masterpiece.
Decisamente tra i migliori adattamenti da Dickens, che ne restituisce il respiro e l'afflato romanzesco dandogli forma cinematografica compiuta e affascinante. Interpretazioni di enorme calibro, uso di luci, ombre, fantasmi ed esterni da maestro, attimi in cui gotico ed espressionismo di fondono.
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