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Varying expectations

By Daniel Tyler  

The 1999 film of Great Expectations was edited after previews to make Estella more likeable

The ongoing “Dickens on Screen” season at the British Film Institute celebrates over a hundred years of screen adaptations of Dickens’s novels, to mark the author’s bicentenary year. Daniel Tyler looks back at four striking adaptations of Great Expectations and asks, why have filmmakers swapped Dickens’s equivocal ending for a happy reunion?

Although Dickens revised his novel so that it ends less dismally than originally intended, his final version is not the “happy…

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