!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: The 1946 Movie Version of "Great Expectations"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The 1946 Movie Version of "Great Expectations"

My book group watched David Lean's 1946 production of Great Expectations last night and were quite happy with the experience. The film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1948, but lost to Gentleman's Agreement. Other nominations were for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay. The two Oscars the movie actually won — both well-deserved — were for Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black & White (John Bryan and Wilfred Shingleton) and Best Cinematography (Guy Green).

Alec Guinness as Herbert Pocket and John Mills as Pip in the 1946 movie version of Great Expectations

My favorite discovery from reading up on the film is that playing Herbert Pocket was Alec Guinness's first major role (and first speaking role) in a movie. (Another bit of trivia: Guinness's wig annoyed him no end.)

[A couple of vintage illustrations of scenes from the novel are here and here.]