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Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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Brigid O'Shaugnessy - 11:47am Apr 9, 1999 PST(#12 of 28)

Darn! I hate that I'm so easy to read ;) I did think that Anne Bancroft was great as Miss Havisham, tho.

My problem with the movie is that the whole inability to cross societal boundaries which is so pivotal in Great Expectations was really poorly translated in the movie. Oh yeah, and hating the acting, the direction, the choppy film editing...

I don't know if I've seen the original GE movie. Who's in it?

David Matthews - 01:31pm Apr 9, 1999 PST(#13 of 28)

There have been a few versions. The must see one is the 1946 British movie directed by David Lean and starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson and Jean Simmons. It does take a few liberties with the plot but the period detail is superb.

David Matthews - 12:06am May 13, 1999 PST(#14 of 28)

There was a new version of "Great Expectations" on PBS on May 8th and 9th. I missed it. Did anyone see it? Charlotte Rampling played Miss Havisham (Charlotte Rampling how time flies!)

C.K. Dexter-Haven - 04:17pm May 13, 1999 PST(#15 of 28)

When I was a kid I always got Charlotte Rampling and David Bowie mixed up-- something about the androgyny.

Sorry I missed that production of Great Expectations. It had to be better than the horrid movie that came out of it recently.

Fiona Evans - 06:07pm May 25, 1999 PST(#16 of 28)

Just wondering if anyone has read "A Child's History of England". If not, try it. It's extremely funny in some parts. Very much British humour which is exactly my kind of humour!

I thought the Great Expectations movie with Gwynneth Paltrow, etc. was pretty awful. Still, if you're going to update a classic that's set in England and put it in America instead, then I guess it's not going to be the same!

P Marlowe - 08:42pm Jun 28, 1999 PST(#17 of 28)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Most movies with Gwynneth Paltrow are a bit abomniable for me. She just doesn't do much for me yet everyone raves. I must be getting old, now I do like her mother a lot.

Diva - 09:11am Jul 22, 1999 PST(#18 of 28)
look famous, be legendary, appear complex, act easy, radiate presence, travel light, seem a dream, prove real

P Marlowe - Shakespeare in Love was great, unfortunately she wasn't, and definitely didn't deserve the academy award for it.

Brigid - you prob know this, but there was a very important financial reason Dickens was so wordy - each chapter was published monthly in a magazine, and he got paid per chapter. That is why there is a 'cliffhanger' at the end of each chapter, and why some things are just sooooo drawn out.

I prefer William Thackeray and Wilkie Collins to Dickens, although some stories are ok - Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Bleak House - even Nicholas Nickleby! Just wish they weren't so long in places :-)

Rik Shepherd. - 06:51am Jul 23, 1999 PST(#19 of 28)
Never hire a ferret to do a weasel's job

Diva - which is why Dickens works better if you only read one chapter a month :o)

I read that there used to be crowds waiting on the quayside in New York, on the days when the steamer carrying the latest issue of the Dickens' magazine was expected...

Brigid O'Shaugnessy - 03:04pm Jul 23, 1999 PST(#20 of 28)

I forget which story it was-- it might've been The Old Curiousity Shoppe, whichever one had Little Nell. There's a famous story that one of the steamers delivering the latest installment of that particular tale of Dickens dumped the magazine bales into the sea-- and people jumped in to save them! That's how badly they wanted to know what was going on.

I have to romanticize the past, esp. when it's so easy to do so, but if ONLY the printed word inspired such fervor these days.

Diva, I'm very fond of Thackeray myself. Like Collins, never got rreally into him. But no one tops Becky Sharp-- not even Scarlett O'Hara!

Charity Campbell - 06:39am Mar 8, 2000 PST(#21 of 28)

Charles Dickens was cool and one of the greatest authurs there was.

Sabrina Hayko - 06:40am Mar 15, 2000 PST(#22 of 28)

I'm doing a report on how Charles Dickens used autobiographical facts in the creation of the character Pip in Great Expectations. Know any good web sites?

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