“Madness . . . madness.” Burma, 1943: ordered by Japanese prison camp commandant Sessue Hayakawa to construct a bridge, British POW Colonel Alec Guinness at first refuses but then acquiesces, reasoning that the undertaking will provide a morale boost for his men. But in his obsession with detail and pride in his work, Guinness loses sight of the fact that the bridge will serve a deadly purpose—the transport of Japanese munitions. It falls to American escapee William Holden and British Major Jack Hawkins to lead a mission back to the camp to destroy Guinness’s folly. A powerful portrait of war and madness, and winner of seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Guinness. –AFI
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
People remember "Bridge" so much as one of the great adventure movies—which it is—that they forget how much is going on here: a tension between opposing code-bound militaries that end up sharing the same goal, with Our Hero (William Holden) wanting nothing more than to get out. Of course, the tragedy is that in the end, he becomes equally obsessed with seeing his mission through. Much like the audience. 5 stars.
What is perfect about Lean's "Kwai" to me on a personal level is how it captured my imagination and thrilled me as a child, and now, more than anything, it puts despair and fear in my heart. How fitting, considering the legions of idyllic youth who were drawn to the romanticism and adventure of war, and were then shattered by the reality of it: Madness, apathetic violence and moral uncertainty.
"This is your brain." Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: "This is your brain on a Gaspar Noé movie. More specifically, Enter the
David Lean est considéré comme l’un des meilleurs cinéastes par certains. Je constate alors avec effroi (oui, j’exagère un peu) que je n’ai toujours vu que le génial Lawrence d’Arabie. Je décide donc… read review
Under a tolerable but sickening layer of patriotism and male pornotopian fantasy lies an interesting character study, a lush adventurous drama and a mammoth production that could have gone terribly… read review
Sweeping Lean! The acting is awesome. I love the battle of wills between the two top officers. POWs captured by the Japanese somewhere in Asia during WWII are ordered to build a bridge that will help… read review