Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great Expectations (1946 film)

Great Expectations is a 1946 film based on the Dickens novel by the same name. It's directed by David Lean and stars John Mills, Anthony Wager, Jean Simmons, and Alec Guinness. I haven't read the book (I'm not sure how that happened), and I can't say how closely this movie follows the book. The book can be read online if you want to compare.

via the Internet Archive:

Senses of Cinema says, "Great Expectations received five Academy Award nominations in 1947 and won Oscars for best cinematography and art direction/set decor. The film established David Lean, along with Carol Reed, as England’s leading director of the post-war era." DVD Talk says, "Great Expectations is an exceptional film and a more than worthy adaptation of one of the 19th century's most enduring works of literature." Empire Online speaks of it as 43rd of the 100 Best British Films Ever.

The Guardian says,
this handsomely designed, unobtrusively edited and thoughtfully acted film moves at quite a clip, reminding us what a fantastic, morally complex, eternally relevant story the book tells us of good and evil, decency and generosity, snobbery and love, of dealing with forces beyond our control, of accepting life and understanding the world.
It's listed in the book 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Roger Ebert considers it a Great Movie and says, "Lean brings Dickens' classic set-pieces to life as if he'd been reading over our shoulder". Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 100%.


  1. Read the book but never heard of the movie. That might have to change. Thanks for the review.


    1. Dickens was never my favorite author, but I do have a few on my tbr shelf. I enjoyed the movie.

  2. I've never read the book, or seen the movie. I swear I live in the dark ages!

    1. I imagine if we took a poll, the number of folks who haven't read this book would be larger than most people think