Great Expectations (1946)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

United Kingdom1946Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, , , , ,based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Ronald Neame.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  My Criterions

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 () 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.

The Criterion Collection:  #31

Academy Awards:  Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Director (David Lean); Best Screenplay

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