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Your Favorite David Lean Films Are...

In Which We Serve
0 (0%)
This Happy Breed
0 (0%)
Blithe Spirit
1 (1.1%)
Brief Encounter
17 (18.1%)
Great Expectations
4 (4.3%)
Oliver Twist
3 (3.2%)
The Passionate Friends
1 (1.1%)
Madeleine
0 (0%)
The Sound Barrier
0 (0%)
Hobson's Choice
1 (1.1%)
Summertime
1 (1.1%)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
24 (25.5%)
Lawrence of Arabia
30 (31.9%)
Doctor Zhivago
7 (7.4%)
Ryan's Daughter
0 (0%)
A Passage to India
1 (1.1%)
haven't seen any
3 (3.2%)
don't like any
1 (1.1%)

Total Members Voted: 52

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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2010, 04:21:50 PM »
1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Doctor Zhivago
3. Oliver Twist
4. The Bridge on the River Kwai
5. Great Expectations
6. Hobson's Choice
7. This Happy Breed
8. In Which We Serve

9. Brief Encounter
10. The Passionate Friends

11. Blithe Spirit
12. Summertime


A damn fine track record. 
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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2010, 08:42:30 PM »
1.Lawrence
2.Zhivago
3.Bridge
4.Hobson's Choice
5.Brief Encounter

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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2010, 09:39:56 PM »
I've got to go with:

1. Lawrence
2. Bridge
3. Zhivago

Love 'em all.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2010, 12:59:17 PM »
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2010, 01:49:23 PM »
So difficult to choose.
Great Expectations Martita Hunt, so extravagant an actress. And she popped up in Les espions, which surprised me.
The Bridge on the River Kwai Guinness and Holden, great pairing.
Lawrence of Arabia Those eyes!

And Robert Mitchum was brill in Ryan's Daughter, although Sarah Miles was not

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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2011, 07:57:43 PM »
Brief Encounter David Lean, 1945

Some random lady and some random guy find that they're totally hot for each other. And for a few hours once a week, they begin to meet up. Their relationship is a breath of fresh air, a reprieve from repressed emotional states or whatever. But these feelings of longing and barely-there british passion are smothered, completely smothered by the Celia Johnson's narration, which makes everything irrelevant. It's been quite a while since the use of narration has bothered me this much. Lean visualizes the fleeting nature of the romance quite adeptly by expertly using the train station, the shadows of which almost seem to transport the lovers to another place. But, still, it's all too repressed and polite and bloodless. Also, frankly, it's quite rushed. Not that I didn't buy it, but the individual moments between the couple never seemed to have a life of their own. They ended before they started, if that makes sense. Although that's probably part of what the film's going for. Anyway, I'd rather watch The Bridges of Madison County. Sexier times ahead.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2011, 10:40:27 PM »
I mostly agree. I liked Brief Encounter, but it's too ordinary for something considered a classic. It's like how you can appreciate Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast, but you can never shake what Disney Animation did with the material. You watch this and all you want to do is swap it for In the Mood For Love.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2011, 10:59:04 PM »
It is a film that probably suffers from being too brief.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2011, 11:42:15 PM »
You guys are weird.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - David Lean
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2011, 10:39:45 AM »
I must be the only person on this forum who isn't bothered by narration in a film. It's a tool, plain and simple. And in this film, it works. It shows through its mundane nature, how safe, but repetitively dull, Laura's life really is. Without her narration, you really wouldn't have any idea what kind of person she is, and why this dalliance could happen.
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