David Lean

Knowledge Identifier: +David_Lean


David Lean

English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1908.

Countries: United Kingdom (45%), United States (33%), (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Lawrence of Arabia (film), Noel Coward, Brief Encounter

Linked to: British Film Institute, Gaumont Film Company, Leighton Park School, University of Oxford




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David Lean was born in 1908 add something


At age 16, his father deserted the family when he ran off with another woman, and young David would later follow a similar path after his own first marriage and child. add something


Bored by his work, Lean spent every evening in the cinema, and in 1927, after an aunt had advised him to find a job he enjoyed doing, he went to Gaumont Studios where his obvious enthusiasm earned him a month's trial without pay. add something


By 1930 he was working as an editor on newsreels, including those of Gaumont Pictures and Movietone. add something


His career in feature films began with Freedom of the Seas in 1934 and Escape Me Never in 1935. add something


Margaret Rutherford - Although she made her film debut in 1936, it would be Rutherford's turn as Madame Arcati in David Lean's film of "Blithe Spirit" that would actually establish her screen success


Kay Walsh - Walsh first met David Lean, a film editor, in 1936, during the filming of "Secret Of Stamboul"


George Devine - His first professional production was an adaptation by Alec Guiness of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, which played at the Queen's Theatre in 1939 and was later adapted into the celebrated 1946 film of the same name, directed by David Lean


Nigel Patrick - During the late 1940s and 1950s he became a popular, debonair leading man in British film with notable success in "The Sound Barrier" , under the direction of David Lean


After this last film, Lean began his directing career, after editing more than two dozen features by 1942. add something


In Which We Serve - "'In Which We Serve"' is a 1942 British patriotic war film directed by Noël Coward and David Lean


In Which We Serve - A Region 1 DVD was released as part of the David Lean Collection by MGM on 7 September 2004


Anthony Havelock-Allan - In 1943 he founded his own company, Cineguild and following "In Which We Serve", on which he was Associate Producer, in 1945 he, Noël Coward and Ronald Neame produced David Lean's "Brief Encounter"


Noel Coward - One of these plays, "Still Life", was expanded into the 1945 David Lean film "Brief Encounter"


Brief Encounter - "'Brief Encounter"' is a 1945 British film directed by David Lean about British suburban life, centering on Laura, a married woman with children whose conventional life becomes increasingly complicated because of a chance meeting at a railway station with a stranger, Alec


Alec Guinness - One of its viewers was a young British film editor, David Lean, who would later have Guinness reprise his role in Lean's 1946 film adaptation of the play


Lean was one of the founding members of the British Film Academy and was appointed its first chairman in 1947. add something


British Academy of Film and Television Arts - BAFTA started out as the "'British Film Academy"', founded in 1947 by directors David Lean, Alexander_Korda, Roger Manvell, Laurence Olivier, Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell, Michael Balcon, Carol Reed, and other major figures of the British film industry


Wilfred Shingleton - His career really kicked off into a higher gear in 1947 when he won the Academy *award for his atmospheric sets for David Lean's "Great Expectations"


Moyra Fraser - Fraser's first film role was in the 1948 musical "The Dancing Years", and two years later she appeared in the David Lean film "Madeleine"


Harriet Cohen - This includes the music for David Lean's 1948 film version of "Oliver Twist"


Claude Rains - In 1949, he appeared in David Lean's "The Passionate Friends"


The Passionate Friends - "'The Passionate Friends"' is a 1949 British romantic drama film directed by David Lean


Ivan Desny - Desny appeared in the 1950 film "Madeleine" by the English director David Lean


Madeleine Smith - Smith's story was the basis for several plays and the 1950 film "Madeleine", directed by David Lean


Yoko Tani - This film, a war-time love story, had originally been a project of the British producer Alexander Korda, and was to have been directed by David Lean, who in 1955 travelled to Japan with author Richard Mason and cast Japanese actress Kishi Keiko as the female lead


Malcolm Arnold - In 1957, Arnold won an Academy *award for the music to David Lean's epic film "The Bridge on the River Kwai"


The film starred William Holden and Alec Guinness and became the largest box office hit in the United States in 1958. add something


Michael Powell - Although admirers would argue that Powell ought to rank alongside fellow British directors Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean, his career suffered a severe reversal after the release of the controversial psychological thriller film "Peeping Tom", made in 1960 as a solo effort


Maurice Jarre - In 1961 Jarre's music career experienced a major change when British film producer Sam Spiegel asked him to write the score for the 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia", directed by David Lean


In 1962, Lean made his most famous film, Lawrence of Arabia, about a British officer who unites the tribes of the Arab peninsula to fight in World War One. The film made actor Peter O'Toole a star and won several more academy awards for Lean, including best picture and best director. add something


Omar Sharif - Sharif's first English language film was in the role of Sharif Ali in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962


Lowell Thomas - Thomas was fictionalized in David Lean's 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia" as American journalist Jackson Bentley, played by Arthur Kennedy


In 1965, Lean had his greatest box office success, Doctor Zhivago, a romance set during the Russian revolution. add something


Carlo Ponti - He produced his most popular and financially successful film, David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" in 1965


Boris Pasternak - The first screen adaptation of "Doctor Zhivago", adapted by Robert Bolt and directed by David Lean, appeared in 1965


Doctor Zhivago (novel) - The novel was made into a film by David Lean in 1965, and since has twice been adapted for television, most recently as a miniseries for Russian TV in 2006


In 1970, David Lean directed Ryan's Daughter a doomed romance set in Ireland. add something


A Passage to India (film) - When Brabourne asked David Lean to direct "A Passage to India", the director was ready to break his 14-year-long hiatus from filmmaking following mostly negative reviews received for "Ryan's Daughter" in 1970


Lean was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1973, and was knighted in 1984. add something


The Bridge on the River Kwai - On the evenings of January 28 and 29, 1973, ABC telecast another David Lean color spectacular, "Lawrence of Arabia", but that telecast "was" split into two parts over two evenings, due to the film's nearly four-hour length


From 1977 until 1980, Lean and Robert Bolt were working on a film adaptation of Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian, a dramatized account by Richard Hough of the Mutiny on the Bounty. add something


Roshan Seth - His work in 1984 included major roles in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and David Lean's "A Passage to India"


Dina Pathak - In 1984, she starred in David Lean classic "A Passage to India"


A Passage to India (film) - "'A Passage to India"' is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean


Volunteers (film) - The film spoofs a number of David Lean epics, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai", with the Washington State University Fight Song used in place of the "Colonel Bogey March 1985 "


David Heyman - He got his start in the film industry as a production assistant on David Lean's "A Passage to India" and in 1986, Heyman became a Creative Executive at Warner Brothers


Both Spielberg and Scorsese helped in the 1989 restoration of Lawrence of Arabia which, when released, greatly revived Lean's reputation. add something


Lawrence of Arabia (film) - The first round of cuts was made at the direction and even insistence of David Lean, to assuage criticisms of the film's length and increase the number of showings per day; however, during the 1989 restoration he passed blame for the cuts onto by-then-deceased producer Sam Spiegel


David Lean received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1990, being one of only three non-Americans to receive the award. add something


Lean was nominated for a total of nine Academy Awards: seven for Best Director, one for Best Adapted Screenplay, and one for Best Film Editing, the latter two being for A Passage to India. add something


David Lean died in 1991 add something


Larry Auerbach - Auerbach received the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Award in 1991, and was named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004, joining a small, elite group that includes Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Frank_Capra, Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman, Elia Kazan, Chuck Jones, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Jack Valenti


John Boorman - When his friend David Lean died in 1991, Boorman was announced to be taking over direction of Lean's long planned adaptation of "Nostromo", though the production collapsed


As Tony Sloman wrote in 1999, "As the varied likes of David Lean, Robert Wise, Terence Fisher and Dorothy Arzner have proved, the cutting rooms are easily the finest grounding for film direction add something


Acclaimed by directors including Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, Lean was voted 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute "Sight & Sound" "Directors' Top Directors" poll 2002 add something


A Passage to India (film) - On 9 September 2003, Columbia Pictures released the box set "The David Lean Collection", which included "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", and "A Passage to India"


More recently, Joe Wright has cited Lean's works, particularly "Doctor Zhivago", as an important influence on his work, and Baz Luhrmann has named Lean as one of the inspirations for his 2008 epic "Australia" add something


Boris Pasternak - The Russian TV version of 2006, directed by Alexander Proshkin and starring Oleg Menshikov as Zhivago, is considered more faithful to Pasternak's novel than David Lean's 1965 film


Online version retrieved 15 November 2007 add something


John Caird (director) - In 2007-8 he wrote the libretto for "Brief Encounter", a new opera by André Previn based on the play "Still Life" by Noël Coward and the "Brief Encounter" screenplay by Coward and David Lean


As of 2015, it is the 8th highest grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation add something


Anthony Crivello - Crivello appeared as film director David Lean in the 2017 FX miniseries "Feud", centered around the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis