A Day of Great Expectations...

Becca of Lovely Yellow Ribbons takes us to Florida and New York City via this film with shades of PINK throughout... Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories - the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village, eight-year-old orphan Finn Bell (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband, Joe (Chris Cooper). One day, Finn helps a chained, escaped convict who appears in the surf. On other days, he visits Paradiso Perduto, where he plays with young Estella (Raquel Beaudene), niece of the mansion's
colorful, flamboyant, and extremely wealthy owner, Ms. Dinsmoor (Anne Bancroft), who parallels the novel's tragic Miss Havisham, a woman jilted at the altar and left emotionally scarred and mentally imbalanced. As Ms. Dinsmoor watches Finn draw a portrait of Estella, she plots to mold Estella into a hard woman capable of destroying men. In a flash forward to the '90s, Finn (Hawke) and Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow), now in their late teens, re-create the water-fountain kiss of their childhood, but Estella vanishes, breaking Finn's heart to such a degree that he doesn't draw or paint for seven years, choosing to eke out a marginal existence with his uncle Joe (after Finn's sister abandons the two). Then Manhattan art representative Jerry Ragno (Josh Mostel) turns up with a startling offer - if Finn will return to painting and relocate in New York, INTERMISSION... QUICK NOTE: I apologize for not having time to paint more
than one scene from the movie... so the scene I chose was with Becca in mind when she wrote "I love the scene when she and Ethan Hawk are walking through Central Park, and all of the different bridges. They meet up on Bows Bridge, and it's gorgeous!" (email me your address-expect a small package to come your way!)THE STORY CONTINUES... Ragno will give him a one-man show. With an apparent assist
from Ms. Dinsmoor, Finn makes the move and begins his new life with great expectations
and a deadline of 10 weeks to complete the necessary paintings. When Finn next encounters Estella, she has a wealthy boyfriend, Walter (Hank Azaria). As Finn once again becomes entranced by Estella, he also begins to question exactly how his life is being manipulated. Francesco Clemente did the paintings and drawings seen in the film. The film was shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. This information was from a video rental service company via Time Warner cable.

Did you notice how the tints of PINK in the film gave warm and nostalgic feeling... just like the way PINK SATURDAY gives the warmth of friendship and FUN... don't forget to visit Beverly of How Sweet the Sound and all her PINK post friends with GREAT EXPECTATIONS!

Speaking of EXPECTATIONS... is everyone expecting an update on the BICYCLE CONTEST... well by an overwhelming vote... #11 Bicycle with PINK flowers in the basket... belonging to Cris, artist in Oregon won...

It will fit nicely in the collection... and the additional winner to this contest is Couture Carrie... Congrats to both of you!

Thank you Becca... I enjoyed reading and looking at clips of this movie... I have never seen the entire movie in one sitting... I have seen bits and pieces... and I did read the book in high school... I think it was an unusual book if I remember correctly... sooooo... did you read the book... see this film or did you see the original film? I plan to rent it and watch it soon.

ENJOY your day... and may you all have your GREAT EXPECTATIONS fulfilled!!!

29 comments:

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Have a wonderful day... and may you have your own great expectations Fifi, fulfilled in full!!!

Amy said...

Have a great Pink Saturday..Thanks for sharing.

.Becca. said...

I love your painting of Bows Bridge! GORGEOUS!
:)

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love this PINK post!

~ Gabriela ~

Couture Carrie said...

OMG, FF... I won?????? You just totally made my whole weekend, darling! This is so exciting! Thanks ever so much :)

xoxox,
CC

Callie Grayson said...

Lovely day isn't it! with this beautiful post. I loved the scenery in this movie.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I WON, Yeaaaaa How cool is that. I who hardly ever win anything getting a painting from you and winning the cards almost the same day. I really love those cards too.. Especially my painting of Romeo that came in the mail yesterday. Will be posting it soon. Thank you sooo much. The movie sounds interesting. I will have to check it out.
I am definitely tickled pink today. :))

Sue said...

la la lovely. Beautiful Pink Saturday post.

G. Bloom said...

Lovely post! Great pictures from the movie.
Have a great weekend!
Gina

Stephanie said...

I would love to see this movie...I will rent it and call my daughter over for a "girl" day!


Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie

Beverly said...

I can't wait to see this. It sounds totally intriguing. I love the scene you chose to paint.

Happy Pink Saturday.

KarenHarveyCox said...

I just love your description of this movie, it makes me want to watch it this evening. I adore your artwork and your style is wonderful. Congratulations to the winner of your giveaway. I am giving away some artwork today on my blog for Pink Saturday.

Happy Pink Saturday,

Karen
http://karenharveycox.blogspot.com
A Scrapbook of inspiration.

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Happy P.S.!

vicki archer said...

Such a great film, I must watch it again. I love your NYC scene, xv.

Ana B. said...

I like very much your description of the movie. I hope I can find it here in Brasil!
Have a pink weekend!

Sondra Behne' said...

So nice to meet another pink lady. It was a pleasure viewing your blog.

Do stop by when you can and check out the pink contest we have going on right now. Hope to see you ther.

Sondra

Char said...

gorgeous memories and choices! congrats all

ladyfi said...

I love your painting. Haven't seen the film but would really like to. I can't remember reading the book either, although I do like Charles Dickens.

Joy said...

I seem to remember reading negative reviews for this film but personally I loved it when I saw it a number of years ago. Beautiful stills you chose for your post!

hello gorgeous said...

This is one of my favorite movies! My nickname at one of my jobs was Fifi, btw ;-)

dolcechic said...

Pretty paintings as usual. I finally got a chance after the test to rip open my new stationery and I am in love! It's absolutely beautiful. My mom loves them too, she thinks you're really talented as do I. Hope you're enjoying your weekend, and thanks again!

Simple Answer said...

Love the bridge painting. What a romantic bridge! And I didn't post on the Christmas decor post, but did want to let you know how lovely it looks!

Paris Atelier said...

You make me want to go rent the movie Fifi! I love the painting on the bridge, just divine!!!
Judith~

Absolutely Fabulous said...

love this movie! actually saw it on video only weeks ago...... and really nice painting you did fifi!!!!

Carla said...

What a grea movie, i loved the house and the character that Anne Bancroft plays. chic a boom!!

She'sSewPretty said...

I have to see this movie! I loved the book when I was young. Your painting is just beautiful. Have a wonderful pink week!

Alkemie said...

What a great write up about this film! I thought it was a beautiful film and the photos you showed are wonderful along with your painting!

Cheers,
Karen O.

AT THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

I love and own a copy of this movie. Have yet to read the book. I fell in love with Miss Havishams home. Hauntingly beautiful.
Lisa & Alfie

Couture Carrie said...

Oh Fifi I received my winnings in today's post and let me just say the cards are DIVINE! I love them, and I thank you so much - look for a feature next weekend with FF as the lead-off :)

xoxox,
CC

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