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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…
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” 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…
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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…
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…
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…
What a fantastic film perfectly cast .. Masterfully directed .. A story about two well fleshed out story arcs.. First pip; pips story shows us two tragic situations the firstly that of the man who through education and refinement develops a contempt for where he came from .. This is beautifully done through his interactions with his stepfather and wife in a way that brings out earned pathos as well as just the right amount of natural horror when one looks into the mirror of ones past .. Of course this instinct is gross and is shown as such by pip himself through his own self loathing .. The second situation is that of the man who is educated past…
An hour and twenty minutes into this film, my eyes widen real big and I go, "Wait a minute ... THAT'S ALEC GUINNESS!!" He's so damn young, I didn't even recognize him.
I liked this, but I'm an admirer of David Lean so I never expected not to like it. It drags a little bit at times, but it's overall a very well-crafted story. I loved how Pip's childhood felt so whimsical and nostalgic compared to the rest of the film.
Still don't understand why on Earth he was ever so in love with Estella, though. She treated him like crap from start to finish.
It feels like a whistle-stop dash through the great novel (something I sensed despite only a loose familiarity with the source text), but Lean nevertheless tells Dickens's story with such energy and endless momentum that his film works perfectly. Each scene is exactly as long or as short as it needs to be, and leads directly into the next with barely a pause for breath. There is no narrative excess, but no gaps either. You always know exactly where you are in relation to every character, and there is precisely enough in terms of grand events and space for reflection on them to allow their impact to hit home emotionally. The cast is uniformly excellent, including John Mills as a…
David Lean is revered as the master of British epic film. But decades before the grandeur of “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” or “Doctor Zhivago” he made “Great Expectations,” a film that may not traverse continents or take on sweeping battle scenes, but still features impressive visuals and larger-than-life characters. The various characters that the always earnest Pip encounters, from honest and simple Joe to disturbed and bitter Miss Havisham to robust and ever-serious Mr. Jaggers, are the real story and power behind the film.
If the movie lacks the wide-lens outdoor cinematography of Lean’s later films (with the exception of the moors and graveyards early on), he still brings a unique majesty to the mostly…
"Shot in black and white, the 1946 version of Great Expectations is beautiful. There’s a lot of really well lit dramatic chiaroscuro shots and playing with shadows. It’s sort of expressionistic and sometimes experimental. Some of my favorite frames from the movie are when it’s just silhouettes moving against a light background. Most of the drama in this movie is just in the highly contrasted lighting."
My first David Lean. Very entertaining and excellent all around. I think it also has one of the very first jump scares in cinema, so there's that too. Did anyone else find it hilarious when Pip grows up to be an 18 year old young man played by a 40 year old?
An excellent post war adaptation of the Dickens classic directed by Lean. Too bad the fricken DVD skipped. #
This is, and always should be, heralded as one of the best examples of how to properly do a literary adaptation.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…