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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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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…
Between this and Oliver Twist, director David Lean has made arguably two of the best cinematic adaptations of Charles Dickens. I think most people are familiar with the story of lowly young boy named Pip who falls in love with the icy adopted daughter of the eccentric Miss Havisham and grows up to be sponsored by a mysterious benefactor. This film is firing on all cylinders. The acting by the entire cast is superb (despite the fact that John Mills is arguably just a tad too old), David Lean's direction is top-notch, the cinematography is fantastic (his use of back light and shadows) and is beautifully designed. This is definitely one of David Lean's best works.
David Lean’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” plays more like a Gothic nightmare than a respectable costume drama. David Lean’s film making is so exquisite at times, you want jump out of your seat and begin a slow clap. You have the privilege of entering a world that is so different than your own. This is a movie world of decaying mansions, homoerotic brotherhood, deviant convicts, and Mr. Pip, the greatest man in merry ole England.
“Great Expectations” is a film to treasure. Viewing it is a rich experience. If there is a flaw in it, I cannot find it.
Comparatively to other versions of this epic story, Lean's cuts still allow the story to breathe and feel as big as they should. Cast impeccably with some of the great British character actors in the business, this adaptation (thanks to Lean) allows the characters and the story to lead the drama not showy photography or busy sets.
Much like Bob Dylan passing the torch of "All Along the Watchtower" down to Jimi Hendrix, Charles Dickens may have created the story, but it now belongs to David Lean.
David Lean handles the adaptation of Dickens well. Performances are strong and cinematography is great.
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.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!