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Robert De Niro From Great Expectations

Francesco Clemente

  1. The story really is that beautiful.

    Ms Dinsmoor

  2. The soundtrack is incredible.
  3. I love how all the characters wear green all the time.
  4. Paradiso Perduto fascinates me more than any place I could imagine would ever.
  5. I love anything with Robert De Niro in it.
  6. Not only is Ms. Dinsmoor the most wonderful crazy person I have ever seen, but her character makes me fall in love with her – even more – every time I see her.
  7. While Tori Amos’ Siren is playing, Finn, painting a boat in the loveliest green, says: “Seven Years passed, I stopped going to Paradiso Perduto, I stopped painting. I put aside the fantasy and the wealthy, and the heavenly girl who did not want me. None of it would happen to me again. I’d seen through it. I elected to grow up.” I have felt this so many times: None of it would happen to me again.
  8. I always cry at the exact same place: “I did it! I am a wild success! I sold ’em all! All my paintings! 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.” Yes. I cry. Every. Single. Time.
  9. The fact that I laugh at exactly the same things every time I see it. (If I have to add all the lines here, my list would exceed 21 things) “Ain’t love grand.” 😉
  10. Now, I am not sure whether my obsession with New York is because of my love for the movie or the cause of my love for the movie.
  11. Every time Finn says “And I could still draw. Nothing had lessened it as much as I had abused it, abandoned it. It was a gift, and it was still mine”, I feel guilty for not drawing at least seven hours of each day. And that, to me, is a good thing.
  12. Uncle Joe is such a cool guy. I feel so sorry for him when he arrives at the exhibition. I wish I could just give him a hug and apologise for Finn’s sake.
  13. For the first time in my life, I refuse to read the book just to compare it with to movie.
  14. “I’d cut myself loose from Joe, from the past, from the gulf, from poverty. I had invented myself.  I had done it cruelly, but I had done it. I was free.” It might sound mean, but I too wish – one day – I will be able to cut myself loose from certain things from my past. Even if I have to do it cruelly.
  15. The paintings, the drawings, the everything is just so freakin’ beautiful.


gwyneth paltrow great expectations

Francesco Clemente

The last six will feature a couple of my most favourite quotes (some within context) from the movie:

  1. “There either is or is not a way things are. The colour of the day. How it felt to be a child. The feeling of saltwater on your sunburned legs.” -Finn
  2. Ragno: “I’m empowered by my client to make your dreams come true.” Finn: “Really? Any particular dream or just all of them?”
  3. “Like all happy endings it was a tragedy, of my own device.” –Finn
  4. “We are together, joined. You, Estella and I. A pyramid of pain.  It’s not love, but it is a bond. We are together.” –Ms Dinsmoor
  5. “I did a lot of bad things in my life. A lot of bad things. But the one good thing is that any money I had – anything I had – and I made bullshit money, I gave to you.”
  6. Estella: “Can you ever forgive me?” Finn: “Don’t you know me at all?”
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