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A unique insight into David Lean’s method and vision

Steven Spielberg, Alec Guinness and Omar Sharif appear in this tribute to the great British filmmaker, David Lean. Clips from many of his films, such as Brief Encounter, Hobson’s Choice, Great Expectations, Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Bridge on the River Kwai are included. A unique insight into Lean’s method and vision. Lean discusses his break in cinema when he moved from wardrobe supervisor to the cutting room, where he developed his editing skills, and there is behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of 1984’s A Passage to India. Producer David Puttnam also looks back at Lean’s work, discussing the dramatic introduction of Magwitch in 1946 Dickens adaptation Great Expectations and Omar Sharif’s spectacularly lengthy entrance in Lawrence of Arabia.

The South Bank Show is a television arts magazine show that was produced by ITV between 1978 and 2010. A new series began on Sky Arts from 27 May 2012. Conceived, written and presented by former BBC arts broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, the show aims to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. A huge thanks to the original uploader, tedh79.

Also recommended viewing: an insight into the life of David Lean, whose drive and genius made him one of Britain’s greatest ever film directors. Featuring a compilation of rarely seen interviews and archive footage. Narrated by Sylvia Syms. Lean is widely regarded as one of history’s greatest film directors. Epics like Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai have left an indelible mark in film history, inspiring generations of cinema goers and filmmakers.

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