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The Bridge on the River Kwai

David Lean Großbritannien, 1957

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Die Brücke am Kwai

Deceptively epic due to its wide-frames and number of extras, but small in scope and magnitude with largely a single location and lack of constant spectacle. The characters, however, are astutely developed, not minimalist in psychological complexity like The Great Escape, nor obvious and over-stated like the Lewis character in There Will Be Blood. But Kwai lacks excitement and in escalated tension until the climax.