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Great Expectations is a novel written by the famous nineteenth writer Charles Dickens. In the following lines I am comparing two different film versions of Great Expectations, which my class have been watching.

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Media Coursework Great Expectations is a novel written by the famous nineteenth writer Charles Dickens. In the following lines I am comparing two different film versions of Great Expectations, which my class have been watching. The first version is in black and white and is by David Lean. It was made in 1945 and the second version is in colour and was made by Tony Marchant in 1999 for the BBC. Before focusing on one particular scene, it would be quite appropriate to have a general comparative look at both movies. As far as the use of different techniques and devices is considered, both film makers have used all types of camera shots, For example Close up shots that may show emotions and high angle shots that may show characters in a higher position or having a higher status compared to one another. Similarly light and shadows have been used effectively to create suspense in both versions of the movie. ...read more.

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In both versions, the film makers have used high angle shot of Estella from Pip's point of. This is actually to make her seem more powerful. When entering the gates, Marchant shoots it from Uncle Pumblecooke's view, looking through the gates gives one a sense of them standing behind the gates. However Lean enters the gates in a completely different way. As Pip walks through the gates, the camera zooms to a low angle shot of him looking at the clock that has stopped and then final focuses at the clock. Also, before entering the house, one could see the light coming from outside which suddenly turns darker as Pip and Estella enter the house. Lean's picturaisation of Estella leading Pip into Satis House is well planned as it gives the audience a part in the film. He uses the camera by following them in such a way that makes the audience follow with them. ...read more.

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When meeting Miss Havisham, Lean makes the camera pan around her showing her emotions. However Marchant uses a long shot of her. I personally believe that the film made by David Lean is better than the one made by Tony Marchant. As I feel that Lean's version of the movie closely relates to the actual novel written by Charles Dickens, as Lean has included almost all the features that Dickens has written in the original story of the Great Expectations. Besides that, Lean has very skilfully used the film making techniques, which livens the story on the cinema screen. The cinematography, music and sound effects, set designs and camera work well relate to each other. Also, the selection of the artists has been done quite carefully. The element of curiosity as to what would happen next keeps the viewer's interest alive in the movie from beginning till end. All these feature of the movie make it an all time classic just as the greatest writer's original novel is. Urmila Thurairatnam 10S 1 Media Coursework ...read more.

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