Director, writer, and producer David Lean, grew up in a strict religious background in which movies were forbidden, to become one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. Beginning as a tea boy in the mid-‘20s, he was lucky enough to move into editing just as sound films were coming on the scene. By the mid-’30s, he was regarded as one of the top in his field. Lean turned down several chances to make low-budget films, and got his first directing opportunity (unofficially) on Major Barbara (1941), one of the most celebrated movies of the early ‘40s. Noel Coward hired Lean as his directorial collaborator on his war classic In Which We Serve (1943), and, after that, Lean’s career was made. For the next 15 years, he became known throughout the world for his close, intimate, serious film dramas. Some (This Happy Breed 1944, Blithe Spirit 1945, and Brief Encounter 1945) were based upon Coward’s… read more
Brits abroad. Rich, colourful and enthralling with it’s vast landscape shots, Lean goes out in style, in this his last feature. Intelligently dealing with a still relevant subject (i.e.. colonial attitudes to race) but it’s the visuals (as usual) that impress me the most. Sweeping astonishment, and it even gets a little Picnic at Hanging Rock[ at the plot’s most significant point.
A wonderful film about the shock of cultures and prejudices, A Passage to India features amazing performances by Judy Davis and Victor Banerjee. Some sequences are just incredible: the scenes at the caves are full of a growing tension that almost leads to a supernatural feeling (a bit like Picnic at Hanging Rock). Lean really is a master.
Sexual repression almost leads to revolution in David Lean's last film. Alec Guinness's performance is hilarious and the Marabar Caves very erotic. Highly recommended.
Very strong and hypnotic film. All the actors give awesome performances and the film makes you understand how the fight between different cultures is full of mysteries, personnal fears and the uncapacity to love. David Lean shows a very clever way to depict colonization.