Beyond the Epic: The Life & Films of David Lean

Synopsis

"Two-time Academy Award winner Sir David Lean (1908-1991) was a prominent director in the world of twentieth-century cinema, responsible for such classics as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). British-born Lean asserted himself in Hollywood as a major filmmaker with his epic storytelling and panoramic visions of history, but he started out as a talented film editor and director in Great Britain. As a result, he brought an art-house mentality to blockbuster films. Combining elements of biography and film criticism, this book uses screenplays and production histories to assess Lean's body of work. Author Gene D. Phillips interviews actors who worked with Lean and directors who knew him, and their comments reveal new details about the director's life and career. Phillips also explores Lean's lesser-studied films, such as The Passionate Friends (2949), Hobson's Choice (1954), and Summertime (1955). The result is an in-depth examination of the director in cultural, historic, and cinematic contexts."

Additional information

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lexington, KY
Publication year:
  • 2006

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