Great Expectations (2012)

  Mike Newell directed this adaptation based on the novel by Charles Dickens. I have already summarised the plot of the book in an earlier  blog post about David Lean’s 1946 classic. At the beginning of the film young Pip (Toby Irving) is brought up by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery (Sally Hawkins… Continue reading Great Expectations (2012)

Schindlers List (1993)

‘Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire’ Steven Spielberg directs this American historical period drama based on the true story of the unlikely figure who saved 1,100 Jews from being gassed at Autzwitz. Liam Neeson plays Oscar Schindler who arrives in Kraków hoping to make his fortune from World War 2. After joining the… Continue reading Schindlers List (1993)

Great Expectations (1946)

I have come back Miss Havisham, i have come back, to let in the sunlight! The legendary  David Lean directs this British adaptation  of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name. Having recently written a dissertation about the relationship between the two female characters Miss Havisham and Estella, I write this particular  blog post in… Continue reading Great Expectations (1946)

Now, Voyager (1942)

 Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars. Irving Rapper directs this classic film starring Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale, the depressed and frumpy young woman who is controlled by her oppressive mother (Gladys Cooper). After seeking help from a psychiatrist Dr Jaquith (Claude Reins) she spends time in a sanitorium… Continue reading Now, Voyager (1942)

Brief Encounter (1945)

I love you. I love your wide eyes, the way you smile, your shyness, and the way you laugh at my jokes. David Lean directs this classic film about housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) who feels ‘stuck in a rut’ with her boring suburban life, husband Fred (Cyril Raymond) and motherhood. By chance, on a… Continue reading Brief Encounter (1945)

Its a Wonderful Life (1946)

  Look Daddy, Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings Franks Capra directs this sweet film about George Bailey (James Stewart) who wishes ‘he had never been born’ after severe money losses drive him to suicide. After several prayers made by the townspeople, an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) is… Continue reading Its a Wonderful Life (1946)