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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.
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…
There was once a time when the thought of watching a Charles Dickens adaptation would be so low down my list of watching priorities that it would be pushing up the daisies.
But these are the days of me sticking on anything old that I can find on the telly or Mubi when I'm at home working, and I figured if it was boring then at least I was right to avoid watching them and that I at least got that experiment out of the way. I know I sound like a completely uncultured bastard and that's alright because I am, and that's even before I talk about my experience with with Dickens' books.
I started reading one, that being…
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…
Listed among Films Nominated for Best Picture
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…
David Lean directed this handsome British production from J. Arthur Rank; it takes us back to that period in English letters when heroes had nice manners, a story had sweep and flourish, and all the stray subplots were gathered up and "rhymed." The rather creamy look (like an expensive gift edition of a classic) is not particularly appropriate to Dickens, but the film has a strong style that is very different from Lean's earlier work. He seems finally to have let go-to have pulled out all the stops. The film is emotional, exciting, full of action; sequences are planned in terms of heightened dramatic contrasts and sudden, scary tensions. This hyperbolic style rushes us past the awkward bits of staging…
This is my second encounter with Great Expectations after the 2011 BBC miniseries starring Douglas Booth and whilst I must say I preferred that, particularly favouring Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Miss Havisham over that of Martita Hunt, it’s important to note the inherent unfairness of comparing adaptations in two different mediums. As with a comparison between a film and its literary source material, a television miniseries, with its longer running time and lack of necessity to create such a strong narrative arc, is always going to seem more complex and detailed. It’s also of note how one was clearly influenced by the other and as a seminal adaptation of Dickens’s much-admired classic, Lean’s version is particularly impressive. It’s riveting stuff, with gloriously atmospheric cinematography, deft storytelling and emotionally-engaging character development. It’s incredibly enjoyable, moving and very satisfying to watch. Alec Guinness is a particular stand-out.
Handsomely lit and photographed, filled with moments of magical realist and Gothic splendour and wondrously atmospheric, this is the definitive adaption of the Dickens novel and one of David Leans very finest films.
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
I've never read the Dicken's novel, but David Lean is a film-maker I've not seen enough of, so when Great Expectations popped up on Mubi I was pretty up for it.
I loved it, the beginning with the fog in the graveyard looked wonderful and from then on I was in. The one thing I really notice with pre 70's films especially is that they aren't bogged down with multiple plot lines. The whole film is just the single story of a boy in the country who we follow as he becomes a man in thriving London.
Of course it has dated elements like the acting but the way it's shot is timeless.
Most people are forced to read this in high school and, like me, hate it due to its length and the intense scrutiny of themes and characters. Since this experience left me with a bad taste of what should have been a literary masterpiece, I was surprised to find the film very manageable. I guess it takes David Lean to take the lengthy work and convert it to an entertaining two hour piece.
miss havisham: *adopts a child and raises her to seek revenge on all men*
miss havisham: "are you not afraid of the woman who has never seen the sun?"
miss havisham: "WHO AM I, FOR HEAVENS SAKE, THAT I SHOULD BE KIND?!"
miss havisham: *burns to death alone, bitter and in her decaying wedding dress*
me: lmao honestly same tho goals
Not my favourite of early (ie., 'pre-epic') Sir David Lean, but still an excellent production from The Criterion Collection's 'David Lean Directs Noel Coward' boxed set. Excellent cast, with probably the finest Charles Dickens' adaptation ever put to celluloid. It's simply THAT good.
David Lean is known for his film adaptations and Great Expectations is definitely one of the best, alongside his other work Lawrence of Arabia. Great Expectations was Lean's first take on Dickens with Oliver Twist following 2 years later in 1948. He was nominated at the Academy Awards for Great Expectations and there are few faults throughout the film. As a fan of the original text by Charles Dickens I knew what to expect, however Lean kept me gripped with particular highlights in the fantastic set design, cinematography and great acting.
It's perhaps not surprising just how middle of the road Lean's depiction of the story is given the period of film Great Expectations comes out of. It is definitely…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…