Great Expectations

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Dir. David Lean

UK 1946 | Black & white | 118 | Cert PG

Cast: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guinness

Great Expectations is widely considered to be the greatest of all the many film versions of Dickens' novels. Lean's brilliant adaptation follows the fortunes of Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who, as a child, befriends an escaped convict. Introduced by a family friend to the eccentric recluse Miss Havisham, Pip becomes a regular visitor to her crumbling Gothic mansion and falls in love with her beautiful but stony-hearted niece Estella. When he turns eighteen, however, Pip's life is suddenly transformed by the generosity of a mysterious benefactor, and he moves to London to embark on a new life as a 'gentleman'. A triumph of visual storytelling, David Lean's masterpiece has been restored by the BFI National Archive and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, presenting Guy Green’s Oscar-winning cinematography to stunning effect.

Available on: DCP, 35mm

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