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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…
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…
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…
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…
why are there three movie versions of the same bland story?
2 stars for seeing young alec guinness
I'd seen nearly every adaptation of Great Expectations except this one, which many consider to be not only the greatest adaptation of that story, but perhaps of any Dickens story. Please forgive the unavoidable pun, but my expectations for the film were indeed great, but I was not expecting it to impress and affect me as deeply as it did.
Lean's assured direction is at play from the very first frame, where the graveyard encounter becomes a truly haunting occurrence worthy of any Universal monster film. From there, the continued sense of hope and dread both build to points of tremendous impact. Lean brings out the best from all of his performers, particularly from Mills, who makes Pip seem fully…
A fitting adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens novel from director David Lean.
BluRay restoration fantastic. Still a good story with the usual Dickens coincidences.
30/366 for 2016
[Watched for a class to compare with Pan's Labyrinth]
This movie has more pep in its step than I expected, or should I say "PIP"?! Nah, but really, I enjoyed this film a lot. The performances are driven with such tender consideration that I couldn't help but be drawn in. These borderline soap-opera beats are played with hearts on its sleeve, and it comes a long way for such. And David Lean's direction is progressive, clever, and exciting with such clever use of visuals and sound. Unexpectedly so, this film further solidifies my appreciation for him and his work. What a surprisingly delightful cinematic experience.
Of course, it doesn't escape from slow moments, or slightly lazy ones…
David Lean directed a bunch of very entertaining, very watchable films but of those I've seen, this might be the most purely entertaining and watchable. Expertly directed with scenes of truly great shadowy gothic horror, Great Expectations is a whole lot of fun. It moves much more quickly than Lean's later epic films.
However, it is also a literary adaptation and it is very aware that it is a literary adaptation. From the opening titles presented in the pages of a book to the voiceover, this film draws attention to its origins. This is totally fine and completely natural for a film of its ilk made in the 40s but this highlights how much is lost from page to screen.…
I never read the book so I have no idea how much is cut for the film. It does move along and cuts to the chase unlike most Dickens stories. Pip is a poor child who comes into great fortune due to a mysterious person taking a liking to him. He meets a girl, Estella, who enjoys his company but is raised to despise men. Pip spends his life trying to win her over.
Since there is so much focus on the main plot, the point Dickens is trying to make gets lost, I think. There's a twist at the end that probably played out better on the page.
Estrella extra porque el arrojo y el compromiso para con su labor de Lean (y previamente, voy a suponer en mi ignorancia del original literario, de Dickens) es un vestigio ejemplar de tiempos muchos mejores* para el noble negocio de contar historias y entretener a la peña.
The famously well-regarded adaptation of the Dickens tale. The cinematography is superb, and the acting and directing are top-notch as well, but at the end of it I felt that perhaps the novel isn't really all that well-suited to the film medium; the story (originally published serially, of course) just has too much of an "and then, and then, and then…" feel to it. I'm glad I saw it, though.
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