Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Great Expectations (1998)
spider. Jerry Ragno is Finn's lawyer. Mrs. Dinnsmore tells FInn that "ragno" means "spider" in Italian. Finn then calls his lawyer "Spider-Man".
Arthur Lustig. Lustig helped the only person who ever helped him. He dies on the subway the night Finn finds out about his benefactor.
Maggie. She disappears one night and never returns. She was married to Joe, whom Finn keeps calling "uncle," although he's actually his brother-in-law.
Iggy Pop. "Iggster's" song is played when Finn stands on the rooftop with his bottle of champagne, thinking he finally made it.
|Which singer recorded the aria "I Saw No Shadow Of Another Parting" for the soundtrack?||Great Expectations
Kiri Te Kanawa. In the movie, a different version of the aria is played. A soprano sings it during Finn's vernissage. The lyrics are actually the last few lines in Dickens' novel.
Paradise Lost. The old house looks abandoned; parts of it are even caved in, and the huge garden looks almost like a jungle. Yet the area has some touch of magic - almost like a "lost paradise."
|By the time of the epilogue of the movie, how many years have passed since Finn and Estella have last seen each other?||Great Expectations
10 years. Finn mentions it in his voice-over lines. He has not seen Estella for ten years, and then one day he returns to "Paradiso Perduto" and encounters Estella and her little daughter. She tells him she's divorced. It seems as if they finally manage to get together.
Her fiancÚ left her right before the wedding. That is why she taught Estella that love is a dangerous and painful thing, and should be avoided if at all possible.
Robert deNiro. Arthur Lustig is a convict on the run, who meets ten-year-old Finn and forces the boy to help him.
Ms. Nora Dinsmoor. This was what drove him to prove himself worthy of Estella. He said "What were her plans for me (meaning Ms. Dinsmoor)? Why was she protecting and promoting me? What could her reasons be if not to make me equal with Estella?" He felt that Ms. Dinsmoor wanted him to prove his love to her by making them equal in social standings of society.
|Where did Arthur Lustig want Finn to travel with him, when they met up in New York after Finn's Gallery show?||"Great Expectations" (1998)
Paris. Arthur was stabbed in the subway by one of his former colleagues and died in Finn's arms before he could even convince him to go. Finn ended up going to Paris with the tickets Arthur bought because he felt as an artist he should go and also because he wanted to spend time with the one person who showed him kindness.
|Who says "Let's say there was a little girl, and from the time she could understand, she was taught to fear... let's say she was taught to fear daylight. She was taught that it was her enemy, that it would hurt her. And then one sunny day, you ask her to go outside and play and she won't. You can't be angry at her can you?"
||"Great Expectations" (1998)
Estella. Finn "I knew that little girl and I saw the light in her eyes, and no matter what you say or do, that's still what I see."
Estella "We are who we are. People don't change."
Finn had just finished painting nude portraits of Estelle (her idea) in his New York apartment when she suddenly got up got dressed and left. Finn bolted out of the apartment after her, got in her cab and basically asked her why she continued to play with his emotions. This was a beautiful moment when we saw the emotion that was trapped in Estella emerge. As said in the ending, he really did know her.
|What was the name of Ms. Nora Dinsmoor's home, that Finn visited as a child every Saturday (in English it means Paradise Lost)? ||"Great Expectations" (1998)
Paradiso Perduto. When Finn first saw Paradiso Perduto he was on a job with his Uncle Joe but Ms. Dinsmoor did not allow them to work and just slipped a check under the door. Finn looked around on the grounds and saw the remnants of the wedding that never took place because Ms. Dinsmoor's fiancÚ never showed up. This garden is where Finn saw Estelle for the first time, when he was ten. When they got home that day Maggie informed them that Ms. Dinsmoor wanted Finn to come over on Saturday to play with her niece. Joe was confused because she never even saw either of them.
f. His sister Maggie was raising him with her boyfriend Joe. She left both Finn (at age 10) and Joe early in the movie. Joe raised Finn after that without a complaint. He became a positive father figure to him.
Arthur Lustig. Arthur was the escaped prison inmate who Finn (at age ten) helped escape from the police that were looking for him. He only found out about Arthur's part in his success after his big show in New York. Lustig died in his arms on a subway in New York the very same night.
Green. According to the "Great Expectations" web site, designer "Donna Karan (the queen of black), designed Gwyneth Paltrow's wardrobe all in shades of green". Also over one hundred extras where asked to dress in green and black. Alfonso had no real reason for the color he just really liked it.
Francesco Clement. Clement was well traveled and created watercolors wherever he went. According to his biography at the Guggenheim Museum website, he created 200 works for this movie.
Bell. His full name was Finnegan Bell. His nickname was Finn and his sister was Maggie Bell. She was raising him at the beginning of the movie but we never did find out anything about where Mr. and Mrs. Bell were.