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High Expectations, directed by Mike Newell, is a remake of the classic film directed by David Lean in 1946 (which itself is based upon the novel by Charles Dickens). Lean’s film was ranked in 1999 by the British Film Institute as the 5th best British film ever released. Newell is a director that jumps back and forth between popular adventure films (Harry Potter, etc.) and highly rated art films (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco). Lean has 6 films in the top 50 BFI list, while Newell has just one (Four Weddings and a Funeral). The Newell version has one redeeming value; it has the Dickens realistic ending while Lean’s has a romantic ending (perhaps Lean was pressured by the movie industry to assure greater audience acceptance). The relationships of this film are so complex that a diagram is included in Wikipedia to list the love, hate, rejection emotions of the nine main characters.

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