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David Lean

Date of Birth: Mar 25, 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 Titles at Criticker: 21 - You've Seen 21

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Titles You've Ranked (21)
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Hobson Hobson's Choice (1954)
Summary: 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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Blithe Spirit Blithe Spirit (1945)
Summary: 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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The Sound Barrier The Sound Barrier (1952)
Summary: 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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Madeleine Madeleine (1950)
Summary: 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 Passionate Friends The Passionate Friends (1949)
Summary: 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 Major Barbara (1941)
Summary: 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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David Lean and His Dedicated Maniacs David Lean and His Dedicated Maniacs (2009)  - TV Movie
Summary: David Lean had great faith in his regular film crew, once saying "Good films can be made only by a crew of dedicated maniacs". This is a profile of four of those key men. (imdb)
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Pasternak Pasternak (1965)  - Short Film
Summary: This short film, a mini-biography of of writer and Nobelist Boris Pasternakserves as something of a promotional film for the upcoming film version of his novel Doctor Zhivago (1965). Includes scenes with David Lean, Alec Guinness and Geraldine Chaplin among others. Pasternak grew up in an artistic home where men like Leo Tolstoy were frequent visitors. He refused however to sing the praises of the Bolshevik revolution and was refused permission to publish it in his home country (imdb)
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The Making of The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' (2000)  - Direct-to-Video
Summary: A documentary of the making of the classic motion picture _Lawrence of Arabia_, and of its later restoration to David Lean's intended version.
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This Happy Breed This Happy Breed (1944)
Summary: 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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In Which We Serve In Which We Serve (1942)
Summary: 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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Ryan Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Summary: World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback... (imdb)
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Brief Encounter Brief Encounter (1945)
Summary: Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (imdb)
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Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Summary: 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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The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Summary: 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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Great Expectations Great Expectations (1946)
Summary: A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (imdb)
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Summertime Summertime (1955)
Summary: A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (imdb)
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A Passage to India A Passage to India (1984)
Summary: 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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The Greatest Story Ever Told The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Summary: The life of Jesus Christ. (imdb)
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (1948)
Summary: 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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Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Summary: Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.(imdb)