The Saturday Public Domain Movie: Great Expectations (1946)

"I realized that in becoming a gentleman, I had only succeeded in becoming a snob." - Pip
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While many work at writing their novels during NaNoWriMo, November seems like a perfect time to look at film adaptation of books.

David Lean's Great Expectations is the third time Charles Dickens' classic novel appeared on the silver screen.  It tells the story of Phillip "Pip" Pirrip (played by Anthony Wager as a young boy and John Mills as an adult ) who is trained to be a gentleman by a mysterious benefecator.  In his younger days, Pip made frequent visits to Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt), a wealthy spinster at whose home he meets Estella (Jean Simmons as as a girl and Valerie Hobson as an adult), who he falls in love with.

The film won two Academy Awards (Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography) and was nominated for three others (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay).  It also features the first speaking role for Alec Guinness.

With an extra hour this evening it's a great time to relax and take in a movie.


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