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Comparing the beginnings Of the two films of Great Expectations At the beginning of the story written by Charles Dickens we hear Philp Pirrip (Pip) in read a small paragraph that seems to have know relevance at first, but it all becomes clear as we read the story. In this paragraph we hear Pip describe himself. In the second paragraph we see that the setting has changed and now Pip in is a graveyard looking at his mothers and fathers gravestone. Pip mentions that there is one gravestone that has his fathers names on it and by the under it is the name of his mother. He says that there is a neat row beside the gravestone of five little gravestones that are in memory of his brothers that died. Pip who now is feeling sorry begins to cry and from among the gravestone comes a voice. "Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice. "Keep still you little devil, or ill cut your throat" This comes from a fearful man in course grey with a great iron on his leg. The man grabs at Pip and asks for his name. "Tell us your name!" Said the man "Quick!" "Pip sir" Once more said the man stirring at me "Give it mouth!" "Pip sir Pip" the man asked to see where Pip lives and Pip had know chance but to tell the unknown man. The man turned Pip upside down and emptied his pockets. Nothing was in them apart from a piece of bread and after this the man asked about Pip family. ...read more.


This I think adds more innocents of Pip and the less chance he would have of defending himself. I think that this is an important change and helps the viewer of the 1940's film to feel more suspense as little Pip would have no chance of defending himself. Pip has a sense of control about himself, as he acts so calm when the convict jumps out at him and still remains politely towards the convict. The convict is a lot like he is described in the book. His big nose, rough clothes and cuts on face is what I built up a picture of after reading the book. The convict seems to have a Kentish accent and this along with his torn clothes and other details builds up a very good and interesting character. One thing that I found not to be present is this vision of the cows in the film, but details such as the nettles and greyish sky are present. The lines of red in the sky are not seen in the film but this is because of the fact that the film in black and white. The sound effects that are in the book are also present in the film but they are used in a very different way. From the start of the film all we can hear is the howling of the wind and the blowing of the trees. As we see Pip get closer to the graveyard the sound fades out and other sounds become present. As Pip looking at his mothers and fathers gravestone we can hear the clinking of the chains on the convicts legs. ...read more.


From his lighter hair Pip now has dark hair and rough clothes. This change is not as welcomed as the order of events in the story. This change gives a whole new perspective of Pip. A boy with lighter hair gives more of an impression of a gentle boy. Where as a boy with darker hair looks a lot stronger minded and not so weak. Pip also looks older. I think that now he looks about 10 or 11 years old. The convict has not changed much and the close up camera shot that where used to portray him work very well and show the viewers what a horrible man he looks. The language that is used by both of them is also much the same. Although we don't hear as much speaking at the start of the film and the words have been altered when the convict has hold of Pip. On the whole I believe that all of the films and the book are very good. I prefer the newer version of the film to the book or the 1940s film. This is because of the added camera angles and the extra visual effects. However I think that my opinion corresponds to my age, if you where to ask an older person I think that they would give a completely different opinion. I find the later version of the film to be better but I think that it could be improved if it stuck closer to the original. The better visual effects and sounds effects all add up to give a better story line. However the graveyard seen should have been more informative to what the convict wants Pip to get for him before it shows Pip getting them for the convict. ...read more.

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