Fiction into Film: Great Expectations @ Upstate Films

Event date: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
Upstate Films
6415 Montgomery Street / Rt.9
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Presented in partnership with Upstate Films

This March we're featuring the Dickens classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS with the 1946 Academy Award-winning film Directed by David Lean and starring John Mills, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson and Sir Alec Guiness. Read the book then see the film!

Adapted for the big screen 7 times, Great Expectations is a Dickens favorite, and David Lean’s version continues to be regarded as one of the best. The year the film came out, it won two Academy Awards (Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography) and was nominated for three others (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay). In this version, orphan Pip (John Mills) discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers (Francis L. Sullivan) that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt), and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella (Valerie Hobson), he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

An informal book group discussion will follow the film.

Director: David Lean
Producer: Ronald Neame
Screenplay: David Lean, Ronald Neame, Kay Walsh, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Cecil McGivern
Release date: May 22, 1947
1h 58m




Great Expectations By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by) Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141439563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002