All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
From the Vivid Pages of Charles Dickens' Masterpiece !
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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…
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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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…
Slightly unfaithful in ways I wouldn't expect, taking some of the darkness out of the story that Lean hadn't flinched from in Oliver Twist. Still lovely.
Full of bravura and a clear understanding of the emotional issues, scene by scene, as you'd expect from the team who produced Brief Encounter the year before. Yet it's uncertain in its pacing, John Mills and Valerie Hobsen are often stilted, and the ending is a bit too Hollywood. Ultimately, it comes across as highlights from the novel linked together by Pip's voice-over that has a too convenient feel, as if it was an easy go to script device after Brief Encounter. However, individual sequences are magnificent: the opening scene in the graveyard, and the scenes at Miss Havisham's dilapidated house capture the gothic tone of the novel. And some of the character performances are indelible, including Alec Guinness' Herbert…
"You made my direction so clear and you aw woman
You became my purpose my reason for livin' girl
You see you're my heart, you're soul
You're my stone inspiration " --Just To Be Close To You
Where to begin with this...
Jean Simmons! Could anyone else play a girl so cold, yet so mesmerizing? I knew there was humanity in there somewhere, I knew because I've seen her fiddling with that "buttoned up" Save a Soul Mission uniform and I've heard her sing, "Ask me how do I feel... Well sir, all I can say, is if I were a bell I'd be ringing!" Somehow Pip saw it too. At first, I thought he was a sucker for punishment,…
I do not like Charles Dickens' work at all. I've tried. Oh lord how I have tried. It's just not for me. Conversely, I love David Lean and especially his earlier British efforts. So I went into this with mixed feelings. That's pretty much how I came out of it as well. I liked a lot of it but a lot of it left me cold as well.
A visually gorgeous film and one of the great Dickens adaptations. The opening in the cemetery is particularly memorable. Reviewed on flickersintime.com.
Undoubtedly the best version of this ridiculous story that could ever be told.
Excellent visualization and abridgement of the book. Some stunning imagery and fine performances. I rather wish Jean Simmons had played Estella clear through, though, as I thought she captured the character better than Valerie Hobson
did. (Plus, I just like looking at her more.)
The Dicken's story about Pip. A very good movie but the title character just looks way too old for the part.
Great film based on the classic novel by Dickens.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!