i have been thinking about the 1998 film Great Expectations all day after posting about artist Kim McCarty earlier this morning. something about her work reminded me of the beautiful artwork created for the film by Italian artist Francesco Clemente.

this was one of my favourite movies as a teen – it was released when i was 15. going hand in hand with other bittersweet overly dramatic romantic films of my teen years like Romeo and Juliet and Cruel Intentions. especially at a time when we discovered a lot of our music via movie soundtracks – Life in Mono was one of my FAVOURITE songs after seeing this movie.

i have also spoken about the anomaly of Gwnyeth Paltrow often on twitter. i have loved her in so many movies (Sliding Doors, Emma, Tenenbaums, etc etc) but she is somehow kind of annoying these days. conscious uncoupling.

anyway, great film – and one to be reconsidered, and rewatched.

Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss
Great Expectations // Miss Moss


    • Me too…haven’t seen it since was in the theater and I was very young…too young to really appreciate all of the green and beauty within the film and its true context.

  1. For years this has been my go-to answer when asked what my favorite movie is. I watched it first as a 15 year old too, and so many times since. I’m interested to see the new remake, but expect it won’t live up to this one. Thanks for covering it — I didn’t know a lot of these facts!

  2. I love this movie too and I loved reading about all the work that went into it. I never realized how green it all was despite having seen it so many times.

  3. Yep, I was 15 too when this came out. At the height of my Ethan phase, and beginning of my Gwyneth love. I adored the slinky dress she wore to the art opening, sigh.

    Other 90s nostalgia-aesthetica: Reality Bites (hair, crocheted dress), Dead Man (music), any Wim Wenders.

    • This is my absolute FAVORITE movie! I recently bought new furniture and for some reason I really want to redecorate in shades of green. Once I was looking at pillow covers, blankets, curtains etc. it made me think of this movie. I think by the 3rd time I watched it I noticed the theme of green (I watched it quite often) The visuals of this movie are stunning. Great acting. Great scenes (Whisper! The first glance inside of Paradiso Perduto, The fountain kiss, Their first date/panties, Finn drawing Estella in the nude, stealing Estel from the restaurant and then kissing in the rain [Just got chills thinking about that scene] “Would you save me? Not in this suit” Joe coming to the art show, “You don’t have to be embarrassed by me anymore, I’m rich! Isn’t that what you wanted, aren’t we happy now. Don’t you understand, that everything I do, I do it for you. Anything, that might be special in me, is you.”, Having Ms. Dinsmore realizing what she’s done, I love Paris in the springtime, Arthur showing Finn the book, Don’t you know me at all?!……SO MANY GREAT SCENES!!!!! If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend you watch it. If you appreciate amazing visuals and phenomenal acting you’ll love the story line and movie.

  4. I was obsessed with this film as a teenager! That beautiful house! And all the green! And such a brilliant soundtrack. I remember my best friend taping it for me cos I couldn’t afford the CD-they were so expensive then! This and Stealing Beauty are the two films I most associate with being a teenager.

  5. Oh my god, one of my favorite movies too. So inspiring as a teen :) The artistic direction of this movie is absolutely perfect!

  6. This post made my morning. Thank you. This film was very influential as I came into my own as an artist as teenager the year this came out. The details, artistry, location, characters – I was infatuated with it all. In fact, I spent a lot of time visiting family in Sarasota and wandering the grounds of Ca d’zan and later ended up getting married there.

  7. Loved this movie too and haven’t thought about it in a long time so thank you for bringing it back to my memory! and agree on the conscious uncoupling ;)

  8. I have never seen this film, however as a girl one of my all-time favourite films was “A little Princess”, also by Alfonso Cuaron. I still love to watch it today, it’s so, so beautiful… and green! Now i know why :)

  9. One of my favorite films ever! I have the dvd and watch it every now and then. Anyone notice the only color in the film is green and a little bit of its complimentary color, red! Oh, and the music in that scene where they run away from the restaurant is to die for!

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