|David Lean (1908 - 1991)|
I was lucky enough to meet David Lean in the mid-60's thanks to his Indian step-son, Ranju, with whom I worked. He was polite and friendly and obviously pleased that I admired his films but I sensed he would rather be somewhere else. I am a great admirer of David Lean, preferring his earlier black and white films (with one exception) to the later colour epics. On the basis of those earlier films I regard Lean as one of the greatest British directors. His films in my collections are : IN WHICH WE SERVE (1942) THIS HAPPY BREED (1944) BLITHE SPIRIT (1945) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945) GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946) OLIVER TWIST (1948) THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS (1949) MADELEINE (1950) SOUND BARRIER (1952) HOBSON'S CHOICE (1954) BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) RYAN'S DAUGHTER (1970) PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984).