Dickens' enduring tale follows the fortunes of orphan Pip, from his rough start in life to his ascent as a gentleman of means, raised up in society by a mysterious benefactor.
Lean's 1946 production casts a peerless cinematic spell. From the eerie, suspenseful, and much imitated opening graveyard scene, to his accomplished evocation of the gothic, decaying world inhabited by poor, mad Miss Havisham, the film offers a near perfect balance of sentiment, chills and visual grandeur.
Cinematographer Guy Green and Production Designer John Bryan received Academy Awards for their impressive work.
Stars John Mills, Jean Simmons, Valerie Hobson and Alec Guinness.