David Lean

David Lean

Date of Birth: 25 Mar 1908

Country: UK

Biography: Sir David Lean CBE was an English filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter, and A Passage to India. Acclaimed and praised by directors such as Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, Lean was voted 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute Sight & Sound "Directors Top Directors" poll 2002. (Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 4 (Actor), 19 (Director), 4 (Writer)

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    Lawrence of Arabia
    Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.(imdb)
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.(imdb)
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    Doctor Zhivago
    Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. (imdb)
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    Brief Encounter
    Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (imdb)
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    Ryan\
    World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback... (imdb)
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    Great Expectations
    A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (imdb)
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    Summertime
    A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (imdb)
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    Oliver Twist
    Based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist is about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London... (imdb)
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    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    The life of Jesus Christ. (imdb)
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    A Passage to India
    Tensions between Indians and the colonial British come to a boil when a white female tourist accuses a young Indian Doctor of rape during a visit to caverns. A study of colonial relations and the nature of memory. Based on E. M. Forster's novel. (imdb)
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    In Which We Serve
    This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft. (imdb)
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    This Happy Breed
    Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the family through the years with average number of triumphs and disasters until the outbreak of WWII. (imdb)
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    Madeleine
    Based on the true story of Madeleine Smith, a young Glasgow woman from a wealthy family, she stood trial in 1857 for the murder of her lover, Emile L'Angelier. Her trial was much publicized in the newspapers of the day and was labeled "the trial of the century." (imdb)
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    The Sound Barrier
    Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. the movie traces the company's attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the comet airliner, world's first jet passenger plane (imdb)
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    Blithe Spirit
    Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Constance, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost. (imdb)
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    Hobson\
    Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to rule the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees 'no marriages' to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson's star bootmaker. Maggie and Will leave to start up in competition, and she then turns her mind to helping her sisters marry their chosen partners. (imdb)
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    The Passionate Friends
    In postwar London Mary Justin runs into university lecturer Steve Stratton, the true love of her life from when they were young. She is now married to a Treasury financier having opted for a safe, secure and affectionate relationship, but the meeting rekindles the past for a while. Mary and Steve part again, but a further brief encounter on holiday in Switzerland brings matters to a head. (imdb)
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    Major Barbara
    A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary. (imdb)
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    The South Bank Show
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