Starring a youthful John Mills as Pip, Lean's Great Expectations is an unadulterated delight, a serendipitous gelling of screenplay, direction, cinematography and acting that produces an almost perfect film. The cast is exemplary, with Alec Guinness in his first (official) role as Pip's loyal pal Herbert Pocket; Martita Hunt is a cadaverous Miss Havisham; Finlay Currie transforms himself from truly threatening to entirely sympathetic as Magwitch; while the young Jean Simmons makes more of an impact as the girl Estella than Valerie Hobson does as the older incarnation. Perhaps best of all, though, is Francis Sullivan as the pragmatic but kindly attorney Jaggers.
The cinematography alone (courtesy of Guy Green) would qualify Oliver Twist as a classic: the opening sequence of a lone woman struggling through the storm is an indelible cinematic image. Fortunately, Lean's film has many more aces up its sleeve thereafter, notably Alec Guinness' grotesque Fagin--a caricature certainly, but a three-dimensional one--and Robert Newton's utterly pitiless Bill Sikes. The skewed angles and unsettling chiaroscuro lighting transform London itself into another threatening character. --Mark Walker
I thought it was the musical and its not. I was very disappointed only because I bought the wrong one the one i wanted was Oliver.Published 13 days ago by Present
Great sound and picture. Well worth the money. Still the best film version.Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. Smith
A TRUE INSIGHT OF LONDON IN THAT ERA, A VERY GOOD FILM, RECOMMEND SHOWING IT TO SOME OF THE CHILDREN
OF TODAY, BUT IT MIGHT BE AGAINST THE LAW?,
Told my Grandson about Oliver Twist but it was better seeing it all on DVD.Published 2 months ago by suzy
This Blu-ray is a German import, God only knows why we Brits could not supply on but I couldn't find one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. E. Banks