Davd Lean’s adaptation of the Pierre Boulle novel was the first of his later epic scale films (Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago).The film is loosely based on a story of POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American officers plot to blow up the structure, but prideful, stiff-upper-lip Commander Nicholson (Alec Guiness) wants to build the best possible bridge, no matter what, leading to two of the best final lines in film history.
Kwai won seven Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Musical Score, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The screenplay award was given to Pierre Boulle (who did not speak English), as the two screenwriters, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, had been blacklisted; they were posthumously awarded the Oscar in 1984; their names have since been restored to the credits.
(Director: David Lean, 1957, Great Britain, 155 min., PG)
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Saturday, April 22 at 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, Night Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201