Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean (Google eBook)
Two-time Academy Award winner Sir David Lean (1908Ė1991) was one of the most prominent directors of the twentieth century, responsible for the classics 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, Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean uses screenplays and production histories to assess Leanís 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 directorís life and career. Phillips also explores Leanís lesser-studied films, such as The Passionate Friends (1949), Hobsonís Choice (1954), and Summertime (1955). The result is an in-depth examination of the director in cultural, historical, and cinematic contexts. Leanís approach to filmmaking was far different than that of many of his contemporaries. He chose his films carefully and, as a result, directed only sixteen films in a period of more than forty years. Those films, however, have become some of the landmarks of motion-picture history. Lean is best known for his epics, but Phillips also focuses on Leanís successful adaptations of famous works of literature, including retellings of plays such as Brief Encounter (1945) and novels such as Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), and A Passage to India (1984). From expansive studies of war and strife to some of literatureís greatest high comedies and domestic dramas, Lean imbued all of his films with his unique creative vision. Few directors can match Leanís ability to combine narrative sweep and psychological detail, and Phillips goes beyond Leanís epics to reveal this unifying characteristic in the directorís body of work. Beyond the Epic is a vital assessment of a great directorís artistic process and his place in the film industry.
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Review: Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David LeanUser Review - Carl Rollyson - Goodreads
David Lean began his career carrying tea to filmmakers and doing other menial tasks. He then graduated to film cutter, demonstrating he had a good eye and helping out directors who could not master ... Read full review
13 In Search of a Hero
14 Knight Without Armor
15 The Lower Depths
16 Darkness at Noon
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A Long Encounter With David Lean - January 3, 2007 - The New York Sun
Books | Review of: Beyond the Epic: The Life & Films of David Lean ... In "Beyond the Epic: The Life & Films of David Lean" (University of Kentucky Press, ...
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