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David Lean

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In the course of his career, David Lean created some of the most unforgettable images in cinema history: the terrifying opening graveyard sequence in Great Expectations, the poignant railway farewell in Brief Encounter, the shimmering desert of Lawrence of Arabia and the frozen expanses of revolutionary Russia in Dr Zhivago.

Film-maker and historian Kevin Brownlow spent man
Published November 17th 1997 by Faber Faber (first published 1996)
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Dec 17, 2013 Andrewh rated it liked it
I chose this book mainly because I am an admirer of Kevin Brownlow rather than of David Lean - the former is one of the key historians of early Hollywood but this is not really his era and it seems a strange commission to me. I am not a huge fan of Lean's bloated epics (Lawrence excepted) but I do like his tighter, earlier B/W films, such as Great Expectations and In Which we Serve, and the incomparable stiff-upper-lip classic Brief Encounter. Lean made his name as an ace 'cutter' [film editor] ...more
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Nov 02, 2015 Josh Halpern rated it liked it
Another one, to follow up with my 'Rise of Theodore Roosevelt' review, where I'm just so close to the finish, but I can't seem to get over the hump.

I even returned this book to the library, with only maybe 150 pages left. Which may seem like a lot, but when the book itself is over 500 pages, you got to figure YOU'VE GOT TO FINISH IT.

The breakdown of the book is great, basically associating the times in Lean's life with the movies he worked on, broken down by chapter, in chronological order (ob
Sep 20, 2010 Alexa rated it it was amazing
"One of the essentials in the movies is for the audience to feel that they are in the hands of a good story teller; they are being led, and what leads them is the intention of the scene. If it has the intention, you ill nearly always win though. It somehow carries you on like a wave which breaks on the share and carries you up that beach. All great things have an intention behind them. We didn't have a real intention on Madeleine....I was looking at in in the wrong way. I had no particular feeli ...more
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Jan 18, 2008 Keith B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best biography books i've ever read. it is very deeply researched, great details of one of the most exciting directors in cinema. It's a very thick book, but what i found so surprising was how well paced it was, it flows well.
I learned about integrity, and how precise and assured one has to be in being a leader in a movie. He directed movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Summertime, and many more. He was known for his epic filmmaking. David Lean is not the best example in how
Aug 19, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing
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Probably the best film biography I've ever read. It paints the picture of man who was both enormously generous and incredibly petty, and a man who despite having all the talent in the world was crippled by insecurity. And the final few pages are amongst the most moving I've read in any book.
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Kevin Brownlow, is a filmmaker, film historian, television documentary-maker, author, and Academy Award recipient. Brownlow is best known for his work documenting the history of the silent era. Brownlow became interested in silent film at the age of eleven. This interest grew into a career spent documenting and restoring film. He has rescued many silent films and their history. His initiative in i ...more
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