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OLIVER TWIST, 1948, Park Circus/MGM, 116 min. Dir. David Lean. A startlingly real, atmospheric evocation of childhood terrors and the evils of poverty. Innocent orphan Oliver (John Howard Davies) is shanghaied into a gang of child thieves by blackguard Bill Sykes (a particularly chilling Robert Newton). Alec Guinness is masterful (and almost unrecognizable) as the Jewish kingpin of boy thieves, Fagin. GREAT EXPECTATIONS, 1946, Park Circus/MGM, 118 min. The film that set the standard for all Dickens adaptations. Director David Lean’s early masterpiece plunges us into the story of an impoverished underdog, Pip (John Mills), trying to defy the rigid caste system of Victorian England. Co-starring Alec Guinness (in his first film for Lean) and Jean Simmons, with Oscar-winning, black-and-white photography by Guy Green.