|Gillian Anderson, as Miss Havisham, the best crazy eyes ever.|
This link should be good for awhile so you can see this magnificent story online.
|Ray Winstone, as Abel Magwitch|
Dickens can really scare you, and make you worry for his innocent-victim-of-circumstance characters. I still worry about David Copperfield (David Copperfield). Somehow that story didn't seem finished. And it was so sad about Nancy (Oliver Twist.). Dickens' own personal story is very Dickensian, so he wrote with a heart of experience as to the abandonment, terror, and anticipation of youth.
|Oscar Kennedy as Pip the younger.|
|Douglas Booth as Pip the Elder.|
Pip turned out to be a pip.
Pip's acquaintance with Miss Havisham is astonishingly awful, almost a horror flick. Gillian Anderson perfects the role. I never once expected her to say, "Mulder, is that you?" which is not a simple task when you are well known for another role. (X Files.) But she was also excellent in Bleak House by our author Dickens.
Please don't be satisfied with only the film or mini-series versions of Dickens. The books are great to teach a class, or read aloud. Dickens himself would travel giving lectures, reading his stories and doing all the voices of his characters. He came to America, too. And there are many documentaries on Dickens, at least five on Netflix.
You can also download some stories from this site, to read or listen to.
|Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham|
This youtube link from PBS Masterpiece almost gives away everything, but maybe it will tempt you enough to read or watch this classic. It is just a really good story.