RELEASES! Great Expectations (2012); To the wonder (2012) | BASIC CLASSICS! The Honey Pot (1967)

April 8, 2013

The new Dicken’s adaptation is already here. Critics have not been very flattering but it always a nice experience to watch a British adaptation of this immortal writer. The last year we could enjoy of the most beautiful film about Great Expectations filmed by David Lean in 1946 (and distributed in Spain as Cadenas Rotas), in fact, this huge novel has been read by the higher grades but, not be seen before the end of the novel! There is a very important American release this weekend, the new film by Terrence Malick after the controversial The Tree of Life.

RELEASES! Great Expectations (2012)

Mike Newell is not a brilliant director but he is very efficient. All films can not be masterpieces but at least they have to be well made. He is specializes in adaptations of novels as Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling), Love in the time of cholera (Gabriel García Márquez) or The man in the iron mask (Alexandre Dumas). His great success was Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, this Great Expectations comeback will be fine because the amazing stories of Pip, the convict Magwitch or the mysterious Miss Havisham are assured.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations [Grandes Esperanzas, 2012]-Directed by Mike Newell

Screenplay: David Nicholls (Novel by Charles Dickens)

Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemmyng

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 128 min.

Synopsis: A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Hollywood Reporter has written: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com//review/toronto-film-festival-great-expectations-review-helena-bonham-carter-369565

RELEASES! To the wonder (2012)

This is an absolute controversial film. It was released in the last Venice Film Festival where it was nominated (as Best Film). Starring Benn Affleck and Olga Kurylenko, this is story narrated as The Tree of Life (with a slow rhythm, poetical scenes, beautiful music…). It could be a Channel spot or a masterpiece filmed by an absolute auteur. A must this weekend!

To the wonder

To the wonder [To the wonder, 2012]-Directed by Terrence Malick

Screenplay: Terrence Malick

Cast: Benn Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams

Genre: Romance | Drama

Nationality: USA

Length: 112 min.

Synopsis: After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/sep/02/to-the-wonder-review?newsfeed=true

BASIC CLASSICS! The Honey Pot (1967)

It is a pleasure to introduce this masterpiece by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, one of the great American directors ever. You know because he is who filmed basic classics as All about Eve (Eva al desnudo, 1950), Cleopatra (Cleopatra, 1963) or The Bareffot Contess (La condesa descalza, 1954, starring Ava Gardner). All his films are excellent! The honey pot was one of the last productions of this genius, starring Rex Harrison and set in the world of theatre. A delight!

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Thursday, 11th.  5:30 pm. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

The honey pot

The Honey Pot [Mujeres en Venecia, 1967]-Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Maggie Smith, Capucine

Genre: Comedy | Theatre

Nationality: USA

Length: 1967

Synopsis: Inspired by a performance of his favourite play, Volpone, 20th-century millionaire Cecil Fox devises an intricate plan to trick three of his former mistresses into believing he is dying.

Scene from the film (VO):

Roger Ebert has written: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19670525/REVIEWS/705250301/1023



  1. The Honey Pot (a very free adaptation of Volpone, by Ben Johson, a classic English playwriter from the Elizabethian era) is a really good, with great performances and a very interesting plot. And Manckiewicz is a director that I really like very much. Very advisable, if you don’t know this one.

  2. The Honey Pot is about Volpone? I have just read Volpone! Although if you say it is a very free adaptation, I presume it has lost all its… originality and sense of “humours”… Did you know there are 4 different humours? Elizabethean and Jacobean literature is so interesting, I only wish I had the time to study it properly………….

    Have you seen GE yet? I saw it and liked it. Joe is remarkably good. Helena plays Havisham brilliantly, and so does Ralph Fiennes Magwitch. As to the rest, I cannot really remember! I saw the film last September! Last month I went to see the play in London. It was AMAZING. The story was better told on stage than on screen, especially Estella-Havisham relationship. Anyway, looking forward to reading your reviews. GE is arguably the best novel ever!

  3. Yes it is! Maria, it’s nice to have you here again. You are very lucky, I went to London last year and I wanted to go to theatre, but one of the persons in our group said it was better to get the tickets in the last moment…and, as you surely are guessing, when we wanted to buy, all were sold off. I felt so angry! I don’t know if I will be able to go to London again. I haven’t watched this new versión of the book yet.

  4. Thank you Rosa! Well, it was indeed unfortunate not to have got the tickets in advance! If you happen to come to London, let me know and we shall go to see a play. Not that I want to make you green…, but I am going to see Pride and Prejudice on stage! I’m dying to see Mr Darcy… You should organise a EOI trip after your exams! Tempting, ain’t it? 😉

    I know I am lucky to be here, being able to see… proper acting!

  5. Alas! I am no longer there! Altough I am trying to go on with English, and now I trying to learn German, also. If I had knew you were there, I would have tryed to visit you, altough we spent only five days in London. It was exhausting. Seriously, I think I have never be so tired in my life. And I do not think I will be able to go there again soon…

  6. I think I will be here for a long time………………. so try to contact me next time! 🙂

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