Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. United Kingdom, 1946. Cineguild. Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern,based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Cinematography by Guy Green. Produced by Ronald Neame. Music by Walter Goehr. Production Design by John Bryan. Costume Design by Sophie Devine. Film Editing by Jack Harris. Podcast: My Criterions. Academy Awards 1947.
The best adaptation of a Dickens novel that I have ever seen is David Lean’s brilliant rendering of his most gothic work. A young boy named Pip is sent to the house of a doddering old woman (Martita Hunt) who lives in a crumbling castle with her beautiful niece Estella. She is raising her niece to feel indifferent to the affections of men in order to make up for a lost love of her own, but is challenged by Pip’s strong feelings for the girl. Gorgeously photographed, endlessly entertaining, this is an exceptionally fine drama with a marvelous cast that also includes John Mills as the grown up Pip and Alec Guinness as Herbert Pocket.