Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Great Expectations

David Lean, 1946, 113m

This excellent film serves as good a recreation of Dickens as you will find. In irredescent black and white camera work, Lean recaptures the teeming variety of characters and the writers tuning to the strings of the heart. The fragrant recreation of early nineteenth century England takes your breath away. I'm specially taken by a shot of the dusky  London roof lines with wisps of morning smoke curling skyward.

"For, despite necessary elisions and compressions of favorite scenes, the picture is so truly Dickens—so truly human and noble in its scope—that the quality of the author is revealed in every shot, in every line. Mid-nineteenth century England—and a thrilling story—are crowded on the screen." ...Bosley Crowther


Anonymous said...

The 1998 version directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n is interesting to watch, by the way.

S. M. Rana said...

As Dickens Greatest novel, as I'm, may be worth another version.