David Lean and Charles Dickens: Take 1

When one of Britain's greatest directors takes on the work of one of Britain's greatest novelists you might think that nothing but disappointment could follow.  But in 1946 David Lean made Dickens' Great Expectations and did so astonishingly well, filtering out the dangling bits on the edges of the serialized novel and producing a trim and tight edition that still does justice to the original despite using a happier ending. It's certainly one of the best film adaptations I've ever seen. I think Pat agrees on this week's Lost in Criterion.