Great Expectations (1947)
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Immediately grabbing the audience's attention with a heart-stopping opening scene in a dark graveyard, acclaimed British director David Lean realizes the cinematic potential of Charles Dickens' classic 1861 novel, and the result is considered by many to be one of the finest literary adaptations ever made as well as one of the greatest British films of all time. Crystallized into a tight 118-minute running time by Lean, Ronald Neame, and a corps of uncredited contributors, this is the story of
Jun 7, 1947 Limited
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Only rabid Dickensians will find fault with the present adaptation, and paradoxically only lovers of Dickens will derive maximum pleasure from the film.
The graveyard scene is still a shocker, the details are still astonishingly well assembled, and the performances are wonderful.
David Lean's black-and-white masterpiece may be a whirlwind tour of Dickens' novel, but what a well-performed, economic and atmospheric tour it is.
[It] has been called the greatest of all the Dickens films, and [it] does what few movies based on great books can do: Creates pictures on the screen that do not clash with the images already existing in our minds.
With characters so vividly drawn, their ambitions and disappointments are keenly felt
When David Lean adapted one of the all-time great novels to the screen, he never forgot he was making a movie.
Lean fills Great Expectations with a wealth of visual detail and vivid characters and personalities... and he directs with a warmth and humor...
One of Lean's gems, this superb adapation of Dickens is still the vest version (for film or TV), boasting great acting from John Mills and Alec Guinness (who were regulars in helmer's work) and accomplished production values acknowledged with Oscars.
If you want to see how Dickens anticipated the cinema, consider how little had to be done to bring the graveyard meeting between Pip and Magwitch to the screen.
This is still the definitive version of Charles Dickens' amospheric and occasionally creepy classic.
The definitive adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is this one from David Lean.
A masterful adaptation of a masterful novel.
Solid adaptation of the novel.
A masterful realization of Charles Dickens's novel, this may be the best cinematic translation of the author's work, as well as director David Lean's greatest achievement.
Audience Reviews for Great Expectations
- Joe Gargery: What larks.
- Estella as a girl: He calls the knaves 'jacks'!
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